FEBRUARY 1999 No. 252

"Understanding, enjoying & caring for our oceans"

This Newsletter

This is the MLSSA Newsletter, the monthly publication of the Marine Life Society Of South Australia Inc. Our Society is active in trying to protect our marine environment and this Newsletter usually contains articles about marine life and the marine environment.

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Meetings of the Society

General Meetings of the

Society are held on the 3rd

Wednesday of each month

at 8 pm sharp, at the

Conservation Council

120 Wakefield Street


Parking is adjacent to the rear door entry.

This Month's Meeting

The February General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 17th at the Conservation Centre 120 Wakefield Street, starting at the usual time of 8pm.

After the business part we will be viewing some of the latest slides taken by David Muirhead. I would encourage anyone who has some marine slides to bring them along. If time permits, we will be able to have a look at them. Please also read the article on the Photo Index later in this Newsletter.

1999 Annual General Meeting

This will be held in April at the Conservation Centre.

All reports by Committee persons are to be sent to me ready for printing by 31st March at the latest. These will need to be sent out with the April Newsletter.

Committee positions are always declared vacant so I ask all members, whether on the current Committee or not, to consider nominating for them. You may also phone me with a nomination. All nominations must reach me in time to be published in the April Newsletter.

Please note that membership fees also become due as of the 1st April. They may be paid at the AGM or sent to the Treasurer prior to the meeting.

Philip Hall

Yorke Peninsula Report 14/12/98

Now I have not been doing a lot of diving of late and the last time was at Rifle Butts Beach which is a kilometre from Port Victoria and this was a snorkel dive.

This area never seems to amaze me, as it is such a pretty little place and you would expect to see quite a bit of fish life around, but wrong as usual, as the area has been hard hit by spearfishing persons over the years.

First a bit about the area, to the right of the car park there is about 1 kilometre of rocky shore line and to the left there is sandy beach for a quarter of a kilometer and rocks once again. The area where I usually concentrate is around the rocks, but each time I swim in this area it seems that there are becoming less and less fish varieties to be seen, I have found though if you are willing to go that extra distance along the shoreline then you may be rewarded with what you see.

My last dive Sandra and I came across juvenile Dusky Morwong, squid, a large school of Garfish, Silver Drummer and some rock species, such as Weedy Whiting and the occasional Old Wife (not mine either folks ).

I have not ventured too far out as at this time of the year it has been well documented that a couple of large White Pointers frequent the area. The talk around the area at the moment is that the large White that has been in the area for years was the one caught at Port Germein earlier this year as it has not been seen this year.

The local Aboriginal people are spearing quite a lot of fish. Their main catch has been and usually is Dusky Morwong, mainly because this has always been a traditional fish for them to eat and spear and this even goes back before the Europeans landed here in Australia. The local tribe (being the Narungga Tribe) used a bush that grew around the area to sort of drug the fish then they would spear them with their long fish spears.

Ron Bellchambers

Dusky Morwong drawn by Emma Kinge

Why Port Victor Became Victor Harbor

In our 1995 Journal (MLSSA No.6) I wrote an article about the origins of names associated with Victor Harbor. My article explained how Victor was named so by Commander Crozier in 1837 after the brig HMS Victor*. The area then became Port Victor in 1865. It seems, however, that this created some confusion with Port Victoria and so the name was then changed to Victor Harbor in 1921. In 1991 Neil Cormack was able to describe an incident that led to the name change. He said that a French Captain called Jean Schoerff reported at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island for orders. He was told to report to Port Victor but incorrectly sailed his barque to Port Victoria. He signalled for a pilot at Port Victoria but there had never been a pilot there. The Frenchman was seen running his barque into danger amid frantic signalling from the shore. The barque was called the Eugene Schnieder and she had been built in Nantes. She ran onto Eclipse Rock but was able to get off again. Captain Schoerff angrily departed for Port Victor whic he didn't like either. He reportedly left Victor in a rage, and in ballast, and departed for Melbourne. So, it was due to mistakes such as this that Victor became known as Victor Harbor. The change was proclaimed in the Government Gazette of 16/6/21. Five and a half years later the barque Eugene Schnieder sank in the English Channel after being cut down by a ship. It happened on Christmas night in 1926. She sank in four minutes, taking all but four of her crew with her.

(* According to Ronald Parsons in his book "The Navy in South Australia", HMS Victor was a 382 ton brig-sloop which had been built at the Bombay Dockyard in 1814. She had 18 guns on board [At that time sailing ships were classified by rates, the rating depending on the number of guns. A first rate ship had more than 10]. Parsons calls Commander Richard Crozier, Captain F.R.M. Crozier. He says that Crozier and his brig-sloop arrived at Holdfast Bay in 1837 before surveying (and naming) Victor. The ship was later lost in the Atlantic Ocean in 1842.)

I don't know what a brig-sloop is. A brig is a two-masted square-rigged vessel whereas a sloop is a one-masted vessel. A Naval sloop would spread clouds of canvas from its single mast. A barque (such as the Eugene Schnieder) could have from 3 to 5 masts, fore and aft rigged on the after mast, and square-rigged on all of the others.

Steve Reynolds

Photo Index Update

During 1998 the Committee decided to expand the Photo Index. The following list is of invertebrates which are now included in the Index. All of the photographs were taken by David Muirhead. We encourage anyone who has a picture of an invertebrate which is not listed to bring it to this months meeting for us to view for possible inclusion in the Index. Pictures of any other marine subject are also welcome.

Indonesia Dive Adventure

MLSSA recently received an E-mail regarding the following dive trip to Indonesia.


The Worlds Best Dive Location

Travel Dates: May 15th - May 26th 1999.

Cost A$1850 Dive Package + A$ 975 Airfares to Kupang Indonesia

Total Cost A$2825

For further details contact the organiser:-

Jonathan Ping

(Alor-Addict & Trip Coordinator)

Politics Department

The University of Adelaide

Telephone 8303 4464


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