NORMAN WRIGHT, HIS HISTORY AND HIS BOATS.
Norman R Wright was born in 1885 in rather unremarkable circumstances in the isolated suburb of Bulimba, adjacent to the shores of the Brisbane River in Queensland Australia.
The Bulimba Electorate was created in 1872 and in 1879 the Bulimba Divisional Board was created as the local government authority for the area from Tingalpa Creek to Stone's Corner. Most of the housing subdivisions in this area took place during the land boom of the 1880s. Bulimba, Bulimba Bridge, Circular Quay, Bulimba Ferry, and the Love and Jamieson Paddock Estates were all developed in central Bulimba during this period. The building boom resulted in a great increase in the number of developments and residents in Bulimba.
Wally Muller & the 1967 Belgian Expedition
In 1967 Wally Muller was contracted by the Belgian Navy to guide the De Moor through the The Swain Reefs on a scientific filming expedition, and remain with them as a support ship for the entire duration. Among the crew of 75 and guests were Australian Greats Ron & Valerie Taylor, who were filming in 35mm motion picture film for seven months.
Ron and Valerie Taylor became champion spear-fishers, but switched from killing sharks to filming them after becoming fascinated with marine life.
They were credited with being pioneers in several areas — the first people to film great white sharks without the protection of a cage and they invented the chain-mail suit, which Valerie tested, because it was too small for Ron. Too this day Valerie still dives and remains an active conservationist.
There are surely many more incredible stories and adventures like these that are connected to this boat, and we are certain that we've merely scratched the surface.
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