ROY SKINNERTo observe and examine methods of cave conservation and modern ways and means of improving facilities in caves to suit the requirements of the visiting public - New Zealand, Japan, USA, South Africa, UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Lebanon
At the time of his Fellowship, Roy was Superintendent – Hastings Caves.
Caves in Tasmania are of the highest quality and at the time of this fellowship needed more attention and thought in regard to upkeep than they were actually getting. This fellowship was to explore aspects of cave management and preservation in other countries to assist us here in Tasmania.
Roy had planned to visit the Cango Caves in South Africa but whilst he knew discovery work was being undertaken in the area he was actually there when the break though was made and was thus one of the first party of ten people to see the newly discovered 850m caves. South Africa’s largest paper at the time ‘The Cape Times’ Monday 18th September, 1972 referred to Roy and quoted his comments at the time.” this is undoubtedly one of the most significant finds in South Africa and will undoubtedly have world wide repercussions’
One of Roy’s favourite caves of all those visited on his trip were the Jeita Caves in Lebanon, some eighteen kilometers from Beirut, he describes them as ‘simply magnificent’. The illumination, planning and construction of walkways was superlative. These caves are actually 2 parts of a large cave system, an upper section being a self guided tour of indeterminate duration and a lower section being a river passage through which visitors are escorted in boats.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
Roy retired after over 20 years in caves management, he wrote or co-authored several books or pamphlets relating to the caves where he worked including one on Mole Creek A D and R K Skinner’s book, The Mole Creek Caves (1978) Roy died in February, 2009.