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Material relating to David Pyle's voyage to Darwin and customs scandal

Date: 1970
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Louis D'Alpuget
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0129

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    Description
    This archive series includes a newspaper article written by yachting journalist Mr Lou d'Alpuget on David Pyle's 10,000 mile voyage on the HERMES published by the Sun Newspaper in 1970, a letter from Pyle regarding his treatment by Australian customs, and letters from Sun readers.

    In 1970 the Englishman David Pyle sailed half way around the world (from the United Kingdom to Darwin) on an open 18-foot dinghy boat worth AUD$500. Upon his arrival in Darwin, Ryle was charged AUD$364 in duties and taxes by the Australian customs.
    HistoryMr Lou d'Alpuget (1915-2006) was a notable yachting writer and broadcaster whose career in journalism and writing spanned almost 71 years. He sailed skiffs at aged 12, by 17 was a Bondi lifesaver and by 18 a championship surfboat rower. He also excelled at wrestling, water polo, boxing and blue-water yachting. In 1935 he began writing yachting articles for the Sunday Sun newspaper while studying chemical engineering.

    During World War II he served in the Australian Armed Services, initially in the army until he transferred to the navy and skippered an anti-submarine boat TOPSY patrolling the Pacific. At the end of the war d'Alpuget's front page coverage of the inaugural Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in The Daily Telegraph diverted a war weary population. He sailed in the race four times and continued to cover the race for decades. D'Alpuget reported on international ocean racing including Australia's first America's Cup campaign with GRETEL in 1962 and the Admiral's Cup.

    D'Alpuget obtained an exclusive interview with Sir Francis Chichester in Bass Strait in 1966 by approaching GIPSY MOTH IV in a fishing trawler and launching a dinghy to deliver a bag of onions and a bottle of whiskey. His first book 'Let's Go Sailing' was published in 1960. This was followed by regular newspaper columns and the publication of 'Yachting in Australia' in 1980.

    D'Alpuget's books Include 'Sydney's Beaches' (1951), 'Let's Go Sailing' (1952), 'Successful Sailing' (1970 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981), 'Learn To Sail' (1989), 'Yachting In Australia' (1980, 1988), joint authorship (with Bob Ross) of 'Boating For Beginners' (1974), and contributing authorship of 'Complete Book Of Boating' (1972). He also wrote for many newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Telegraph, The Referee, The Sunday Telegraph, Pix, People, Sporting Life, The Sun, Modern Boating, Australian Sailing and Australian Yachting.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: CONSISTS OF MR D'ALPUGETS EXCLUSIVE STORY IN 'THE SUN' SEVERAL LETTERS FROM READERS AND A LETTER FROM DAVID PYLE RELATING TO HIS ILL TREATMENT BY AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS

    Web title: Material relating to David Pyle's voyage to Darwin and customs scandal

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