Entries by Allan Kessler

Leut Frederick Lowrie RAN

This year (2017) marks the 75th anniversary of RAN (navy) diving at HMAS Penguin. HMAS Penguin (II) (Balmoral) was commissioned on 14 July 1942. This post is about the first officer in charge of diving at HMAS Penguin. Leut Lowrie Leut Frederick Lowrie had served in the RN before emigrating to Australia and enlisting in […]

John Johnstone

John Johnstone (Johnno) was borne in England and emigrated to Australia as a young man. He was already well known as a diver in Australia when he was asked to take part in the salvage of the Niagara. This ship had been travelling from England to the US loaded with gold bullion to pay the […]

The Oil Drum Diver

by Des Williams HDS Aus-Pac During the 1930s, many young men were inspired by the deep sea exploring exploits hero of the time, William Beebe, who astounded the world with his descents in his bathysphere, to depths never reached by man until that time. Many home-made diving helmets were reported in the Australian press, a […]

Helmet Diving in Australia – The Earliest Record

by Des Williams – HDS Aus-Pac When was helmet diving first employed in Australia? This is a question we often get asked at the Historical Diving Society and one which we are now able to answer with some certainty, following our detailed historical research. Dr. John Bevan, Chairman of HDS UK, has conducted thorough research […]

The “Porpoise” book reprint

Australian Diving Technology the World Copied By Des Walters, Des Williams, Mel Brown AM and Tony Gregory When La Spirotechnique and Aqua-Lung were only producing twin hose scuba and had never dreamed of a single hose system, along came an Australian who changed scuba diving forever. This is the complete story of the engineering brilliance […]

2017 AGM

Saturday 14th of October 2017 at 2:00 pm Port of Melbourne Education Centre 343-383 Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne The AGM will be held promptly at 2 pm. Following the AGM the committee will hold a meeting. Pre-dinner drinks and dinner will be held at the Maori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne. On the Sunday, Des […]