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Reproduced courtesy of Graeme Andrews

No flags for this record-breaker

Date: 22 November 1977
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Graeme Andrews
Object Copyright: © Graeme Andrews
Object Name: Newspaper clipping
Object No: ANMS1163[374]

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    A newspaper clipping from The Sydney Morning Herald titled 'No flags for this record-breaker'. It refers to Ken Warby and his successful breaking of the world water speed record on the previous Sunday, on Blowering Dam in the Snowy Mountains. It outlines Warby's lack of monetary support, facilities and another attempt by him likely in the next year.
    SignificanceAfter Ken Warby proved to Australia that he could do it in 1977, the media took more of an interest in his efforts and his determination and lack of financial support became a part of the Warby legend.
    HistoryThroughout Warby's long road to his success at Blowering Dam in 1977 he had battled constantly with funding and support. He had felt there was a widespread reluctance by companies and the media to back his attempts, even after setting a new Australian world water speed record. His resilience and determination kept the project moving forward but Warby certainly felt Australia had let him down and possibly not understood the significance of what he had achieved:
    "His record run had none of the pre-even ballyhoo or vast sponsorship backing that accompanied the efforts of the late Donald Campbell.
    It was the result of ten years of self-sacrifice and determination. He approached dozens of large Australian companies for help and was turned down.
    "It was the usual story,” he said yesterday. "When an Australian wants to do something no one wants to help.
    "It cost the Australian Government and Ampol a mint when they backed Donald Campbell when he came to Australia. I approached dozens of firms and most said 'break the record then come back and talk to us.'
    "Well, I've broken the record but I won't be going back to them."

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