Monday, 19 February 2018

WALLY GIBBINS - Cairns movie work (age 23)

Wally Gibbins did dangerous stand-in underwater scenes.  Cameraman was the great Noel Monkman who later owned a small theatrette showing his underwater Great Barrier Reef  films.  Theatrette was located at Green Island off Cairns, a popular destination for day-trip visitors.

Crown of Thorns starfish eating coral in significant numbers were first spotted here during the 1960's through underwater observatory windows. Later in the 1960s the problem was alarming scuba diving scientists elsewhere, especially at Guam (USA).  A major survey was instigated in 1969 by the Department of the Interior who contracted Westinghouse Ocean Research Laboratories for the project led by Dr Richard Chesher. 

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