Plaque hon­our for pearling fa­ther, son

Broome Advertiser - - Fishing - Wes Francks Wes Francks is a com­mit­tee mem­ber and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Broome Fish­ing Club.

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.

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