Plaque honour for pearling father, son
Last Saturday afternoon a significant piece of pearling, charter boat and recreational fishing history was commemorated at the Broome Fishing Club, with the unveiling of a memorial plaque in honour of pearling pioneer Allan Badger and his son, Roy.
Allan was a former Australian spearfishing champion and professional abalone diver in his early years but he had a passion for pearling here in Broome.
He led the way in transforming the diving method of collecting pearl oysters from the Japanese dominated hard hat system to the hookah system still used today.
Starting in 1972, he fine-tuned the system to the point where the whole pearling industry had adopted the drift-diving method by 1975.
Allan also helped revolutionise the Broome and Kimberley charter boat industry and was a founding member of the Kimberley Charter Boat Association, working tirelessly for many years to help construct the industry as it stands today.
Allan will always be remembered as a softly spoken, gentle man who made a huge contribution to the pearling industry, charter boat industry and recreational fishing in Broome and the wider Kimberley.
Roy quickly followed in his dad’s footsteps, displaying the same passion for the ocean.
Roy worked in the pearling industry and loved spear and recreational fishing but tragically, he was taken too quickly from us.
The Broome Fishing Club is honoured to have Allan and Roy’s memorial permanently placed and displayed.
We would also like to recognise the contribution the Badger family has made to Broome and the Kimberley.
On a personal note, I would like to thank David Appleby for his valued, heartfelt assistance with this tribute to Allan, Roy and the Badger family. That’s it from me.
Tight lines to all.
Allan and Roy Badger's family with the new memorial at the Broome Fishing Club.