Circa No 4, the journal of the Professional Historians Association, will be launched at Old Government House on 9 July. My paper about the now-closed Green Island Underwater Observatory will be included. The Green Island Underwater Observatory was the first underwater observatory in the open sea in the world when it opened in 1954.
It’s designer and initiator was Vince Vlasoff who was involved in many tourist ventures post-World War II. From crocodile hunting to game fishing, finding and raising the Endeavour cannons, designing underwater observatories in Japan and Guam, to having a reef and an island named after him – Vlasoff was a well known north Queensland identity.
Although no longer in use, the Green Island Underwater Observatory is still firmly embedded on the reef off the jetty at Green Island. You can still experience it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFfNb1_J3Uk
Its history is a fascinating story of early Great Barrier Reef tourism.
More information after the journal is launched. I hope you enjoy reading it.