A video in tribute to Tom Kruse, Australia’s best known outback mailman.
The word ‘retirement’ just isn’t in Eugene Veith’s vocabulary. The 85 year old was the creator of a non-profit organisation which was created to give away money to the world’s poor and needy. This documentary tells his amazing life story and how he has changed many lives for the better. This is the introduction. The program was produced for Mission Enterprises. Written by Jenny Van Niekirk and music by Dave Duffus. Overseas footage shot by ‘Brutus’.
Back in 1998 I produced a documentary about the French Line, a seismic survey conducted by French Petroleum across the Simpson Desert from Dalhousie in the west to the Eyre Creek in the east, then on to Birdsville. They were searching for oil under the Great Artesian Basin aquifer.
The occasion was the 35th anniversary of the original survey, and the Land Rover Club of Victoria had invited several of the men of the original survey to make the crossing with them.
Last year TOTAL E&P, who own the original French Petroleum wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of the event so I went back through our archives to produce this short piece to be shown at their function in Perth.
It was great to speak to some of the veterans of the trip again, especially Dean Drayton who was the Australian chief geophysicist in 1963.
Summing up the ’63 expedition Dean commented: “We were gloriously able to tell them where oil wasn’t.”
Keith in action a Huey B model of the Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight. The occasion was the RAAF Pilgrimage.
Last November, a couple of days before the Temora Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Downunder airshow I was offered a spot in the back of the HARS Caribou to shoot some museum aircraft.
The first image was taken by Rob Fox and gives a good idea of the space we had for the shoot. You can see my hand and the camera on the left of frame. The camera is the Sony F3 with a hired lens and a Tyler gyro underneath. The gyro and it’s batteries (carried in a backpack) were quite heavy, the total weight of the kit was around 25 kilos.
We had to ensure our pockets were empty so nothing could go out the back to FOD the following aircraft. I had hearing protection in the form of a couple of expanding earbuds, one of which was lost overboard almost immediately. I had no glasses so had to squint at the screen on the camera to focus. The wind from the open doors was buffeting and the noisiest environment I have ever encountered.
However, as the stills from the video show, the view which was limited by the framing of the Caribou was absolutely spectacular.
On the left is Gavin Conroy, a New Zealand still photographer, and on the right is Jarrod Cotter from Aeroplane magazine (UK).
Doug Hamilton flew both the Boomerang and Hudson. We were airborne well over an hour, orbiting to the west of Temora.
We now have our own portfolio page on Vimeo where you can see a range of our work, with more videos being added all the time.
Here’s the link.