|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Great Barrier Reef, coral reefs.
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There have been hundreds of books written on Australia's
Great barrier Reef, and even more to come no doubt.
YEAR ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
A Story of Corals and of the Greatest of Their Creations.
First published November 1930 by Putnam, London and New York. Reprint March 1931.
Hardcover, embossed title in gold on cover, and spine; 246 pages, maps, index, over one hundred excellent photographs, diagrams and drawings. The author was the leader of an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef in 1928-29. I am not sure how valuable is the information provided in view of more recent works on the marine life of the Great barrier Reef. The turtle cannery on Heron island is described in some detail. A dozen or so shipwrecks are listed in brief detail, including the Quetta, Cooma and Yongala.
One of the great books on the GBR. Chapters include Historical Background; Low Isles; the Reef amnd Mangrove; Reef builders and Reef Destroyers; Experiments on Corals and Other Reef Animals; the Reefs from Cairns to Cape Melville; Thursday Island and Pearling; the Capricorn Group (that includes Heron Island); Profit and Loss from the Barrier; the Isle of the Pacific. [pjs]
CORAL REEF HANDBOOK
A Guide to the Fauna, Flora and Geology of Heron Island and Adjacent Reefs and Cays.
Edited by Patricia Mather and Isobel Bennett.
Handbook Series One. Published by The Australian Coral Reef Society incoprorating the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Brisbane, Australia 1984.
A4 size, perfect bound softcover, 144 gloss pages, mono and colour photographs, extensive references.
An academic threatise covering the flora and fauna one of the very few habitable islands actually within the Great Barrier Reef. Covers history of the island (it once slaughtered and canned turtles); Habitats,; Geomorphology; Algae, all relevant Orders and Phylum; Fishes, reptiles and snakes, turtles, birds, plants. An excellent reference.
|AUSTRALIA'S CORAL REALM
GREAT BARRIER REEF.
A Handbook on the Corals, Shells, Crabs, Larger Animals and Birds, with some remarks on the Reef's place in History.
First published 1955, by Georgian House, Melbourne, in assocition with Phoenix House, Limited, London.
A small book, hardcoverm dustjacket, 87 pages, mono photographs.
Wouldn't it be nice to think tht the Great Barrier Reef could remain the way it was fifty yars ago when the author, a mrine naturalist, first observed it. His final chap[ter is called 'Tourist and Reef'; I am sure Dr. Serventy would not have imagined the tourist development that has occurred over the past twenty years. So far we have kept the oil rigs away. But for how long?
GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Australian Museum Environment Series.
Collins Publishers Australia, Sydney. 1987.
Softcover, abourt quarto, 64 pages, further reading, no index. colour throughout and mono drawings.
A very good, concise, readable coverage of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Covers the usual marine life, the fishes and invertebrates, the corals, the mammals.
Oxford Univerisity Press, Melbourne First published 1948, reprint 1949.
Hardcover, probably no dust jacket, 224 pages, a few mono line drawings.
This is a story of life on the Barrier Reef, but not having read it as yet (only skipped through) I am not sure if it is factual. I think it is from the style of the writing.
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEEF PROVINCE
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Australian Government Publishing Service. Canberra 1978.
Softcover, perfect bound, 204 pages, index.
Like all bibliographies, it is in author's sequence.efers of course not just to pubpished books but, mainly, academic papers.
Subtitle: A Global View by Diver and Aquarist Les Holliday
Consultant: Dr. Elizabeth Wood.
Published by: Salamander Books, London in 1989.
Hard back with dust jacket, 204 printed pages. Very well illustrated with many colour photographs and diagrams. Dimensions: 31 cms tall by 22 cms wide.
The book is split into 2 parts, “The Coral Reef Environment” and “Coral Reefs of the World”. In turn, each part is further sub-divided into several parts with part 1 concentrating on general subjects like how a coral reef is created and fishes of the coral world. Part 2 looks at coral reefs in the Caribbean, Maldives, Res Sea, Kenya, Great Barrier Reef and Hawaii.
As usual in these sort of books, all the photos & diagrams are of a very high quality. [pt]
REEFS - NATURE'S RICHEST REALM
Crawfod House Press, Bathurst, Australia. 1990. ISBN 1 86333 009 7.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 336p, large format, gloss art paper, full colour.
One of the finest books on life in the coral seas. Shot on the Great Barrier Reef, the Red Sea, Indian and Pacific Ocean islands and reefs, it features Steene's superb photography. The text is brief but valuable. The book is now out of print and will no doubt become a collectors item. The finest photographic book of marine animals and the sea produced by an Australian publisher, by an Australian photographer.
OF AUSTRALIA AND THE INDO-PACIFIC
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1986. ISBN 0 207 15116 4.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size, massive 644 pages, full colour throughout, diustribution charts, index.
There is no finer book on the subject. Once again, when the book sold out the publishers did not bother to reprint inspite of the continuing demand. This resulted in a three-volume set CORALS OF THE WORLD being published by the CSIRO, containing of course a great deal more information, but at a commensurate cost. The single volume book was ideal for Australian waters and is in great demand.
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Photography by Walter Deas. Text by Steve Domm.
Ure Smith Pty Ltd., Sydney, 1976.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size portrait, 126 pages, index, full colour throughout.
From the fly blurb: Corals of the Great Barrier Reef provides an authoritative introduction to coral classification and biology and coral reef ecology and a full colour identification guide to the corals of the area. Walter Deas and Steve Domm take you into the tranquil underwater world of subdued sunlight, living coral colonies, brilliantly coloured fish with often bizarre shapes, giant clams, crabs and anemones. Perhaps it is this unique combination of beauty that gives the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef their mystique.This book brings home to us the fragility of the whole coral community in its exposure to danger, not only from adverse sea and weather conditions, but also from other inhabitants of the marine environment, mainly the Crown of Thorns starfish. Hopefully it will help us to appreciate the need to conserve and protect the richest coral reef community in the world—the Great Barrier Reef.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK
Compiled by Lesley Murdoch, Great Barraier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Bay Books, Sydney.
Softcover, stiff card, A4 size, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout.
An excellent book on The Reef, covering the geography, oceanography, history and of course the natural science through the chapters: The Wonder Down Under; Reefs, Islands and Coral Cays; The Reef Community; All Creatures Great and Small; In Days Gone By; The Reef and Us; A Window on the Reef.
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND CORAL SEA.
The Complete Divers' and Fishermen's Guide.
John E. Randall. Gerald R.Allen, Roger C.Steene.
Crawford House Press, Bathurst. Published in the USA by University fo Hawaii Press, 1990. ISBN 1 86333 012 7.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size, 506 pages. A superb book, generally with three or four photographs per page.
Second edition, Revised and Expanded, 1997. Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst. ISBN 1 86333 140 9.
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size, 556 pages - fifty more than first edition. A superb book, generally with three or four photographs per page. Generally regarded as the bible for divers.
Top is first edition.
BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK AUTHORITY - WORKSHOP ON THE NORTHERN SECTOR OF
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, Australia. 1978.
Paper and proceedings of a Workshop held in Townsville 20 and 21 April 1978.
A4 size, perfect bound soft cover, 462 pages, all mono, no photographs, no index, several charts.
No less than thirty-one speakers, and thus printed papers from the likes of Isobel Bennett, J.E.N. Veron; John Wilson. Seven sections: Description and administration, law; Use of the area, shipping and transport, tourist and recreation; Natural features' Suveillance and management; Zoning and methods of regulation; guidelines for the GBRMPA.
Digest Book of the
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Reader's Digest, Sydney, 1984. ISBN 0 949819 41 7.
Hardcover, dustjacket, large square format 365 x 265 mm, 384 pages, full colour throughout, index.
An excellent comprehensive book on the Great barrier Reef, its formation, corals, marine life, recreational and scientific use. Although the subject matter is diverse, this is perhaps the best book that covers "The Reef". [pjs]
And Some Mention of Other Australian Coral Reefs.
William J. Dakin
Australian National Publicity Association, Melbourne 1950.
Hardcover, dust jackt, 134 pages, mono prints, index.
One of the true classic book on the natural sciences by the father of marine biology. It is also interesting to rad of the mny islands hat were, in the days of Dakin, free of tourists and the ghastly resorts that go with them. Here is Heron, and Hayman, and Lindemann and Dunk islands at their best
From the fly: This story concerns the wonder and beauty of the greatest coral region of the seven seas. As the author so aptly writes, "The words 'coral' and 'coral islands' have generally called up visions of romance and one can remember how they not only formed the background of many stories of boyhood, but made at least one best-seller of recent times. To scientists of the last hundred years they have, however, been magnets of great attractive power. They have provided the most fascinating problems for the marine biologist.". For the late William .J. Dakin, D.Sc., Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Sydney, the amazing Great Barrier Reef region, the scattered green atolls of the tropic seas and other coral regions, such as the Abrolhos Islands of the West, constituted allure and a life-long delight. His life-work concluded with the writing of this volume - a brilliant effort to make known, to every visitor and to those who cannot travel, the unique geogaaphical feature of the Australian continent. [pjs]
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
- And Some Mention of Other Australian Coral Reefs.
GREAT BARRIER REEF - FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE
David Lawrence, Richard Kenchington, Simon Woodley
Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Melbourne. 2002
Softcover, still board, 268 pages, index, referencescp;or plates and maps, charts and drawings.
From the back cover blurb: The Great Barrier Reef is an icon of natural wonders and a tourist drawcard. It is protected and managed as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park—the world's largest marine park and the first marine-based World Heritage area. Unique in size, structure and operations, the marine park is of national and international importance. The management system is evolving from a model focused on coral reefs to one based on a better understanding of marine ecosystems and the complex relationships between sea and land. Until now, this system has been little analysed and not well understood. The authors trace the marine park from its establishment during the environmental activism of the 19605 and 19705 through its recognition as a World Heritage site to the current operations of the Marine Park Authority. They discuss the crown-of-thorns starfish controversy, the Port Hinchinbrook development, the Nelly Bay marina off Townsville, the failure of the Floating Hotel and exploding tourism development. Growth of tourism, industrial development, native title claims, expansion of the fishing and sugarcane industries, and declining water quality—all these issues demand immediate attention. As this important book vigorously argues, an integrated management policy is vital to the survival of the dynamic, diverse and vulnerable environment of the Great Barrier Reef. [pjs]
BARRIER REEF: DIVING GUIDE
The Five Mile Press Noble Park, Victoria, Australia 1997.
Softcover, 4to - over 9" - 12" tall; 168 pages with colour illustrations.
Introduces twenty-seven dives scattered along the entire barrier reef. Also includes a section dedicated to the flora and fauna of the Great Barrier Reef.
GRANDE BARRIERE DE CORAIL.
Paris. 1969. Hardcover, dustjacket, 253pp. col & b/w ills.
Underwater photography of the Great Barrier Reef.
THE BARRIER REEF.
Notes From a No-ologist's Pocket Book.
Published in 1929 by Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Hardcover, 194 pages, mono photographs.
Quite an important historry as it covers early explotation of the reef as well as a description of a number of islands and the marione and land animals.
Hardcover, no dust jacket on my copy but may have had one, 193 pages, index, a few mono photographs of natural science subjects, two maps.
The book is based on a series of articles first published in the Sydney Morning herlad, and concerns itself with an expedition to a number of islands to the Great Barrier Reef, to observe and record nature. Chapters include: Bundaberg to Lady Musgrave; the Mutton-Bird; Noddies and Gannets; Crabs and People; Fish and Flora; The Ways of the Turtle; Turtle Soup and Turtle-Riding; Wonders of the Reef, Shells; Insects andCorals; and Beauty and Cruelty. I understand this was a well respected book in its day, and I have no reason to assume that it has not lost this respect amongst those whop study the Great Barrier Reef. [pjs]
AUSTRALIAN GREAT BARRIER REEF IN COLOUR
AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF IN COLOUR
A.H. & A.W. Reed.
First published in 1968 as The Australian Great Barrier Reef in Colour; reprinted 1971, 1976.
New edition as Australia's Great Barrier Reef in Colour, in 1980, and revised in 1984.
Hardcover, laminated boards, square format 180 x 180mm, 96 pages, index, full colour throughout.
A delightful book and very popular indeed with several reprints. Very informative as you would expect from this author. Covers the marine life of course, and coral reefs and their formation. Fishes, turtles, birds and sea-snakes of course. A book well worth having.
GREAT BARRIER REEF.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Published by Paul Hamlyn Pty Ltd, Sydney, in 1969.
Hardcover, large format, dust jacket, 144 pages, full colour.
Few people realise that the author, a well-known dive operator in Espiritu Santo (wreck of the SS Prsident Coolidge) was once an accomplished underwater photographer, one of the first in Australia. This book is the first that Paul Hamlyn published, a great fouindation for a remarkable publishing company. The book went through many reprints and is still provides vluable knowledge to this day.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Angus and Robertson, Sydney. 1966.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 128 pages, many mono and some colour photographs.
One of the earliest 'popular' books on the Great Barrier Reef, a great read of the reef in its early 'pubic-popular' life. Life was different in the fifties and changes are inevitable - fortunately we no longer have crocodile races and play and ride with turtles (and slaughter them). We have moved on. Although Worrell was a naturalist and writer, there is little to recommend the book for any insite into thwe natural sciences of the reefs aanimals - there are plenty of other books that do that. Nevertheless it retains some historical interest.
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Craig McGregor and the editors of Time-Life books.
One of the series The World's Wild Places. 1974
Hardcover, dustjacket, square format, 184 pages, index, bibliography, full colour throoughout.
From the fly blurb: It is an astonishing fact that the spectacularly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, 1,200 miles long, has been built chiefly by animals only half an inch long. This volume unravels for you the mysteries of this astonishing phenomenon of nature. With the help of marine biologists, underwater photographers and Author Craig McGregor, you will explore the exotic world off the coast of northeastern Australia. Forty five miles from the mainland you'll step off a helicopter onto the burning white sands of Heron Island, deserted except for thousands of noisy sea birds on the beach or cawing in the tangled growth of the Pisonia trees. This is one of the sandy cays, typical of the reef and an excellent "platform" from which to begin your underwater explorations. In lively text, accompanied by scores of colour-splashed photographs you'll swim with Author Craig McGregor through the fantastic coral gardens of the Reef, gaze at the rainbow hues of the unparalleled variety of fish there, watch their graceful, deft underwater movements as they feed, or fight to survive. You'll see some of the alarming predators who lurk among the recesses of the Reef, from the almost invisible box jellyfish with poisoned sting cells in its tentacles (lethal to man, as well) to the ugly stone-fish with its eighteen poison tipped spines. You'll learn how this gigantic coral world was formed over thousands of years; how half-inch long polyps grow stone "houses" for themselves, but always attached to a neighbour's,thus gradually forming a complex underwater structure of beautiful and bizarre shapes. On Beaver Cay you'll spend time observing the intriguing, sometimes comical ways of the sea birds: silver gulls, terns, wedge-tailed shearwaters (which live in underground burrows), gannets, noddies, the agile frigate birds (the "pirates" of bird colonies which knock food out of the grasp of other flying birds and snatch it for themselves before it falls into the sea). And you'll watch the most archaic of reptiles, the huge Green Turtles, make their infrequent visits to the Barrier beaches for egg laying and then disappear again into the sea for two years or more. The volume concludes with a discussion of the Reef's uncertain future. With its immense limestone and other mineral deposits it tempts exploitation. With increasing waste being dumped into the sea the delicate polyps may not survive in such great number. What is likely to happen next?
GREAT BARRIER REEF - A Diver's Guide.
Australian Underwater Federation.
Editor Peter Saenger. Brisbane 1977.Softcover, 206 pages, index, further reading, mono and some colour photographs.
With a forward by the Queensland Premiewr at the time, Joh. Bjelke-Petersen.
Produced for the 5th World Underwater Congress in Queendland in 1977 organised by the AUF which, I am told, was a complete disater through lack of patroinage. The book has several highlt qualified contributors including Isobel Bennett, Harold Heatwole, Neville Coleman. The sections: The GBR - geology, geomorphology, flora and fauna; The Lore of the Reef; Plant Life' Animal Life' Wrecks on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reef Diving.
GREAT BARRIER REEF - A Guide to the Reef, Its Islands and Resorts.
Text and Photography by David Heenan.
Glenemede Pty Ltd, Wilberforce, NSW, 1990. ISBN 0 7316 5785 3
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 landscape, 242 pages, full colour throughout, no index.
An exce;;ent book copvering the islands by chapter includsimng history and geography, and the natural sciences of the reef and islands both underwater and topside. Not all opf the islands are strictly on the Great Barrier Reef but that does not detract from trhe book of course. The islands covered are Bedarra, Brampton, Daydream, Dunk, Fitzroy, Great Keppel, Green, Hamilton, Hatman, Heron, Hinchinbrook, Hook, Lady Elliot, Lindeman, Lizard, Long, Orpheous, South Molle.
GREAT BARRIER REEF AND ADJACENT ISLES
Keith Gillett, and Frank McNeill.
Coral Press Pty Ltd., Sydney. 1959.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 170 x 250 mm portrait, 194 gloss art pages, many mono and a few colour photographs, glossary, index, list of scientific names.
Gillett is well known as a photographer and naturalist with a number of excellent publications to his name, and is an Australian pioneer in underwater photography - one of the first to publish photographs of live marine animals in situ rather than in an aquaroium or dead specimens on a piece of hessian. (Although there are not too many natural environment shots in this book - but then it is 1959. Despite the passage of time, it is still a great book to read and to gain a wealth of information. Chapters include An Archipelago of Coral Isles; Corals and their Allies; Night Descends on a Coral Reef; Sea-stars and Sea Urchins; Crabs and smaller crustaceans - and descriptions of the physical chjaracteristics of the Cumberland Group of Islands (includes Heron Island), and a chapter on Lord Howe Island. The final chapter is a Marine Photographer's Guide, where he shows a number of housed-camera systems and bulb flashes. The solid Rolleimarin model seems to be a favourite, enclosing a Rollieflex camera. The chapter includes basic underwater photography science, perhaps the first coverage in some detail in an Australian book. A great book. [pjs]
ROMANCE OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Frank Reid. With illustrations by Geoffrey C. Ingleton. Published by Angus & Robertson, Sydney and London, 1954. Hardcover, 191 pages, mono illustrations, no index. An excellent narative of the GBR, covering (chapters) Early Visitors, Cook's Voyage Inside the Reef, Remarkable Open-Boat Voyages, Adventurous Navigators, The Island of Skulls, White Women Amongst the Savages etc etc. Includes mention of the colourful Green Island hermit George Lawson, known as Yorkie (thus the suburb Yorkie's Knob). A much under-rated book on the finest reef system in the world.
On a personal note - I have often been suspicious of books with a title of ... 'The Romance of....', particularly when I came across a book called The Romance of Leprocy. But I had a phone call from a gentleman in Queensland who was looking for the book as it was his grandfather who was the author. We spoke for some length and I managed to track down a copy for him, and also bought one for myself. It turned out to be a great read, covering several of the popular shipwrecks and fascinating stories of those intimately associated with the Great Barrier Reef. [pjs]
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
First published in 1966, Jarrold Publishers (London) Ltd.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 191 pages.
A biography by an Englishman diving the Great Barrier Reef in the 1960s. He certainly covers a lot of ground. Part travel documentary, part marine observation, part personal observation and opinion, it is of limited historic interest except for the occasional annecdote.
From the fly:
Since the invention of the snorkel and the aqualung vast new worlds have been revealed under the surface of the sea. Skindiving is now one of the most popular and enthralling sports in the world. Of all the places available to divers the Australian Great Barrier Reef is probably the most rewarding. There a large variety of big game fish abound and there also the conchologist may find an infinity of strange shellfish. But these waters contain dangers in proportion to their beauty such as man-eating sharks, poisonous jellyfish, sea snakes and, perhaps most dangerous of all, the deadly stonefish. Richard Lurie has spent years filming and skindiving along this fascinating Barrier Reef where his vivid descriptions of the life below the sea bring to the reader a world of beauty, savagery and enchantment. The author takes the reader on his travels from the surf of Southern Queensland to the abysmal edge of the outer reef. He takes you to the coral cay famous for its bird life and to mainland rivers which are the haunts of crocodiles which lurk alongside the jungle vegetation. Realism is the keynote of this true account of Richard Lurie's twelve years' adventuring, filming and spearing in the vast coral labyrinth which comprises the Great Barrier Reef. It is a story which will appeal to young and old alike. [pjs]
OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.
First published in 1936 by Angus and Robertson, Sydney and London.
Hardcover, 280 pages, colour and mono plates.
This is the classic book on the Great Barrier Reef, within many reprints since. It gives an early aspect of how the reef was perceived and used commercially, with little thought to tourism at the time. The chapter Wealth from the Reef gives you an idea of how the marine life could have been exploited. E book gives an excellent description of the marine life - the corals, fishes, mammals and invertebrates. Still an important work.
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