Search the Collection
Advanced Search

Artefacts from the DUNBAR wreck site

Date: pre 1857
Overall: 3400 g
Medium: Copper, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ron and Valerie Taylor
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Artefact remnant
Object No: 00049390
Related Place:Sydney,

User Terms

    A collection of copper alloy and glass artefacts recovered by Ron and Valerie Taylor in their expeditions to the wreck of the DUNBAR in the 1960s.
    SignificanceThe collection of objects from the DUNBAR are extremely rare as they are associated with a specific event, vessel and a shipwreck associated with a large loss of life in close proximity to a major port and centre of population. The event ghad a devastating effect on Sydneya t the time andremains to this day one of

    HistoryBoth Ron Taylor and Valerie Taylor (née Heighes) were pioneers in Australian skindiving. Ron took up the sport in 1952 and Valerie in 1956; they met as members of St George Spearfishing Club in Sydney and were married in 1963. At this period there was little awareness of marine conservation and both Ron and Valerie excelled at the sport of competitive spearfishing. Valerie won the Ladies National Spearfishing Championships three years in a row in the early 1960s, and Ron took out the World Spearfishing Championships in Tahiti in 1965.

    The Taylors' underwater interests grew to encompass scuba diving and underwater photography. Ron built the first of many underwater housings to take land cameras beneath the sea in 1953. When television came to Australia in 1956 he saw the potential for making underwater news stories and with the help of a friend, who lent him a Bell & Howell 16 mm movie camera, Ron built an acrylic housing for the camera and started selling underwater footage to television and to the cinema newsreel producer Movietone News.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Copper alloy artefacts from the DUNBAR

    Collection title: Ron and Valerie Taylor collection

    Web title: Artefacts from the DUNBAR wreck site

    Discuss this Object


    Please log in to add a comment.