Down Under Magic: The early years of Skin and SCUBA Diving
by Bill Silvester.
We cannot do anything like this now!
Do you still have the spirit of adventure within you, but Society’s laws prevent you doing what you would like to do? Do you feel hemmed in by legal protocols that tend to stifle initiative?
Now you can read about how good it was in the 1960’s and 70’s by reading and/or giving Bill Silvester’s book (Down Under Magic) as the ideal present.
Within its pages you will be taken on a fascinating journey that begins in England in 1936, takes you through many life challenging and daredevil adventures from Bill’s teens and twenties, and on to his early 30’s. Australia was in a fast developing stage but there was much that was new in the world of underwater development, growth, discovery and expectation.
There's a great chapter relating when Bill Silvester and David Perry found the historic City of Launceston wreck.
This period of time in our country’s absorbing history existed for those who could dream big and more importantly, face the associated risks of their subsequent actions.
You can live again the time when Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing at Cheviot Beach. Explore the fascinating but dangerous Mt Gambier underwater limestone caves. Come with Bill and his friends as he explores Bermagui, Heron Island, Wilson’s Promontory and fabulous Deal Island. He makes many hazardous dives on the shipwrecks of Port Phillip Heads. Feel the tension as he struggles to free himself from the wreck of the Time. Near death experiences were commonplace. Life was tenuous! But life was beautiful!
Down Under Magic is a must read for all who love life and admire the exploits of Australian men and women — the pioneers of the 20th century. You will be inspired to do more with your life, and get to understand that each one of us has such a tiny second in Earth’s time to make our mark on history. We only get one shot – but it is never too late to start.
"Down Under Magic — The early years of Skin and SCUBA Diving" by Bill Silvester brings us the story of one man's life and how he was instrumental in the formation of one of Australia's first dive clubs and instructor organisation — the FAUI.
This book is packed full of adventures, involving life-threatening experiences on shipwrecks in Southern Victoria. Using explosives to wrench non-ferrous metal in highly dangerous currents, this book will hold your attention as it recalls a diver’s life in the 50's, 60's and early 70's using the primitive equipment available at that time.
What really happened to Prime Minister Harold Holt; adventures at Bermagui, Montague Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and the amazing Kent group of islands, all is revealed in this riveting new book.
If you are fascinated by the super clear waters of sink holes of Mt Gambier, this is also covered in detail as well as some of the tragic loss of life in the caves.
Enjoy! A great read for all ages.
Dewey Number: 797.2340994
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 16th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19 x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.4