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Sep 19

September 19, 2017

More About the Normanville Communication Cable

Further to my article “The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island”, whether the cable was installed in during the 1860s or the 1870s, has been a niggling doubt for the author. The few historical records I’d come across seemed to vary a bit as to key dates with regards to the draft project’s definitive government funding approval date, works commencement and completion dates, and even the official opening ceremony date. Several years ago, I read an old newspaper article, reprinted in one of several…

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Sep 13

September 13, 2017

The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island

In December 1875, a submarine communication cable ran from Normanville to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Society member and local resident, David Muirhead sent us the following details and photographs concerning the cable: – The spot where the communication cable to Kangaroo Island ran into the sea at Normanville (Taken by David Muirhead) The jigsaw-shaped bit of wet sand at the water’s edge on the northern corner (far right in the image) is exactly where the communication cable from the mainland…

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Aug 25

August 25, 2017

Port Hughes Jetty 2013 - Steve Reynolds

List of shore dive locations within 2 hours drive from Adelaide

I’ve always been flummoxed by the trend whereby divers who live in Adelaide continually revisit a handful of the state’s innumerable shore diving locations. While the popularity of Rapid Bay jetty, the rocky reefs of Second Valley, the soft coral encrusted columns of the Port Hughes jetty and the built and natural habitats of Port Noarlunga is not undeserved, I’ve compiled this list in the hopes that it encourages divers and snorkelers to branch out and try somewhere new for…

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Jun 26

June 26, 2017

Bolinopsis, Port Bonython 2017 - Dan Monceaux

The comb jellies Bolinopsis and Mnemiopsis

I took this ‘one off’ shot of a clear jelly during my dive at Moonta Bay jetty in June 2017. While the photograph is enigmatic, my observations were sufficient for me to pursue a positive identification of the species. It turned out to be a comb jelly, and my interest in the animal was piqued and extended with help from the author of the books Stung! and Jellyfish: A Natural History, Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin. I posted the photo on the…

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Jun 25

June 25, 2017

Our stay at the Moonta Bay Beach Villas

A small group of Society members were able to stay at the Moonta Bay Beach Villas over the weekend recently, thanks to the kindness of Peter Anastassiadis. We were supposed to be a bigger group, but half of the group cancelled out at the last minute due to cold or flu problems. Lyndon and David arrived at the villa on the Friday night. They were soon joined by Haixia Wen. Lyndon was able to do some stand-up paddle boarding by…

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May 10

May 10, 2017

Normanville Jetty and Hotspot

David Muirhead says that the Normanville jetty is “a pretty poor excuse for a jetty”. “I have, however, found some surprisingly good photographic subjects on the piles at high tide, which is all the more titillating given the entire jetty can be above the water mark,” he says. (The present jetty is the second Normanville jetty. The first one was a short distance to the south of the current one but, after severe storm damage, it was decided that repairing…

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Feb 28

February 28, 2017

“My Wheels” At Second Valley

I love to see “my wheels” when I dive at Second Valley jetty. It’s great when I come across them during my dives there. I’m talking about large cartwheels and ‘truck sets’ that are in the bay between the jetty and ‘boat shed island’. I described these wheels in my articles titled “The Existence of an ‘Underwater Trail’ at Second Valley Jetty”, “The Various ‘Jetties’ at Second Valley” and “More About the Wheels at Second Valley” in our 2011 Journal….

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Jan 4

January 4, 2016

Port Hughes Jetty 2013 - Steve Reynolds

Our ‘Pipefish’ Dive at Port Hughes

We held a dive at the Port Hughes jetty on 2nd January. We were doing a dive that had been postponed from the previous month.We had heard that many juvenile Southern Gulf Pipefish, Stigmatopora narinosa were being seen at the jetty at the time. The divers on the day consisted of Peter Gower, Chris Hall, Kevin Smith & I. A friend of Chris, and Kevin’s mother, were also there with us. This was to be my first dive at the jetty in almost three…

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Dec 13

December 13, 2015

Rapid Bay Dive 5/12/15

We dived at Rapid Bay jetty (for the third time in five weeks) in early December. Our dives all comprised a mixture of Society members and one or two ‘ring ins’. Each dive was completely different to the other two. This latest dive, on 5th December, consisted of some five ‘divers’. I say ‘divers’ because Tony, the overseas visitor whom we were hosting the dive for, was unable to descend and resorted to a bit of snorkelling. David Muirhead started…

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Aug 27

August 27, 2015

The swimming baths at the Victoria Pier, Victor Harbor

In my recent article “My Love Of Jetties, Some Of My Jetty Work, Granite Island Jetties & A List Of S.A. Jetties Built During the 1800s Or Early 1900s” I wrote about the Granite Island Causeway and the Victoria Pier there at Victor Harbor. Some of those details included: “The August 2011 newsletter also included my article titled “My Recent Visit to the SA Maritime Museum”. The newsletter included this old photo of the Granite Island causeway: – Causeway, jetty…

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