Friday, 12 January 2018

#30. UPDATE 2018 (Vale Dr Barry Wilson)

Original transparencies and some published pictures were lodged with our original team leader Dr. Barry Wilson of Perth, Western Australia for security, in 2017 who passed away six months later.

I am often in contact with Dr. Richard M. Ibara who alternates his time between Massachusetts and Maui, Hawaii.

Ken DaVico has passed away while engaged in what he loved most, triathlon athletics.

John H. Harding (myself, and the photographer of all material here) is retired and living on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia. Has been studying the culture of Taiwan since 2002.  After annual dive trips to remote sections of the Great Barrier Reef (with film maker Ben Cropp AM) has ceased diving temporarily to concentrate on cataloging a library of still transparencies and digital pictures.

The 16mm film library remains in limbo, including the footage taken during the compilation of this blog.

Vale Barry Wilson

Article | Updated 5 months ago
It was with great sadness that we received news of the recent death of Dr Barry Wilson on 12 June.
I wish to pay tribute to him and his immense contribution to science, conservation and museums: I am particularly grateful to Diana Jones, who knew him well, for providing much of the information presented here.
Barry is widely recognised for his enormous contribution to museums and the natural sciences, notably in the discipline of Malacology.
He studied at UWA and was awarded a PhD in 1965, based on his research on marine molluscs.  This was followed by post-doctoral studies in molluscan systematics at Harvard University. He then returned to Australia and was appointed Curator of Molluscs at the WA Museum, later becoming Head of Science in 1967. 
Barry arrived at a period of great expansion of the WAM. Under the leadership of Dr David Ride.
Barry began to develop the nascent mollusc collection and was responsible for organising important WAM expeditions around the coasts of WA such as the Crown of Thorns Survey in the Dampier Archipelago in the 1970’s. 
He was accompanied by WAM colleagues such as Shirley Slack-Smith, Loisette Marsh, Barry Hutchings, Ray George, Ron Johnstone, Ann Brearley and Fred Wells.
Mollusc specimens were not only collected on these expeditions but Barry also made sure that the specimens were properly curated. In order to do this, Barry also attracted enthusiastic volunteers to work on the shell collection, including Glad Hanson, who still works in the Mollusc collection 52 years later! 
After working at the WA Museum, Barry held positions as Director of the Museum of Victoria (now Museums Victoria)  (1979-1984) and Director of Nature Conservation in the Department of Conservation and Land Management in WA (1985-1999). He was a Research Associate of the WAM and an Honorary Life Fellow of Museums Victoria, an honorary life member of the Australian Malacological Society, an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA, a Trustee of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, and a member of the IUCN Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas.
Barry produced a series of widely acclaimed books on shells and, in a wider sense, applied his knowledge to marine conservation and nature conservation. 
Barry was well respected by all who worked with him. His contribution and support to the disciplines of malacology and nature conservation, both nationally and internationally are truly impressive. 
Barry will be sorely missed. Our sympathies go to his friends and family. (Courtesy THE WEST AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM).

So where do we go from here?

Our team leader has passed away.

Barry Wilson was writing a book which was to include pictures featured on this blog.  The first chapter was detailing how he began with his interest in the sea from his teenage era. He sent me a draft copy.  It was excellent - of course as we'd come to expect from Barry.

I have a ten minute 16mm film of the expedition highlights. It needs converting to 4K digital quality, and then what next.

One thought would be a book that made use of the film to promote it.

To be continued .....

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