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Cedric Coucom

These slides were given to Marcus in New Zealand by a local collector a few years ago. Mrs. Ena Coucom kindly allowed us to put these nice images on our site and wrote the text below.

Conus episcopus, Wilson Is. - 1977
Cedric Coucom (known to his family and friends as Cedie),first became interested in shells when mackerel fishing with his brother, along the Queensland coast in the nineteen forties. Following the schools of mackerel up the coast and stopping at various reefs and islands , gave him a wonderful chance to collect shells.

Ena was also interested in shells before she married Cedie so the common interest became much more scientific, especially after acquiring some shell books. In 1962 The Keppel Bay Shell Club was formed and Cedie was Secretary for many years. He had a wide knowledge of of all shells and wrote many articles for the Keppel Bay Shell Club's publication "Tidings". The Cypraea Family was his favourite and he exchanged news and views with Dr.Schilder for a long time. In 1965 Dr.Schilder named a cypraea after Cedie. This shell was found in the very deep water off the Southern Queenslandd coast.

Camping on the Barrier Reef islands over the years gave Cedie perfect conditions for photographing shells and marine life in their natural surroundings and over the years a large collection of slides had accumulated. At many of the Shell Club's meetings in the past and in recent years the slides provided entertainment.

Sadly in 1988 Cedie died in a boating accident but he will always be remembered by many shell collectors.

- These photos were digitalized from originals (slides or paper) so the quality is not as high as the photos you are used to see in our website.


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