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Agnes Milowka

Agnes Milowka

Agnes Milowka (1982 - 27 February 2011) was an Australian (WP) technical diver, underwater photographer, author (WP), cave explorer, and underwater archaeologist.[1][2][3]

She gained international recognition for extending cave systems across Australia and Florida, and as a public speaker and author on the subjects of diving and maritime archaeology.[4]

She died during a diving expedition to Tank Cave near Mt Gambier on the South Australian coast.[5] [6]


Agnes Milowka attended Caulfield Grammar School (1994–99), she was a house captain, champion school rower and was a finalist in the statewide VCE achiever award.[7]

She received her graduate degrees in Wikipedia:Maritime Archaeology from Wikipedia:Flinders University (2007), Wikipedia:Bachelor of Business, Marketing and Event Management from Victoria University (2008), Wikipedia:Bachelor of Arts, History and Australian Studies from Wikipedia:University of Melbourne (2005), where she was a president of the Melbourne University Underwater Club (2003–2005).[8]

Blue Holes and other workEdit

Blue Hole Dean Long Island Bahamas 20110210

Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas

Miss Milowka received her graduate degree in marine archaeology from Flinders University, and worked as part of the National Geographic team exploring the 'Blue Holes of the Bahamas'.[9][10] The Australian press reported that she had done her work in the Pacific, mistaking the Bahamanian blue holes for geologic formations of the same type off the coast of Australia.

As Milowka related in her article, Unraveling the mysteries of the Bahamas, the thick layer of sulphur on the nine meter deep floor of one of the dives in Sawmill Sink provided the conditions for perfect specimens of an extinct tortoise shell and crocodile skull to be preserved, waiting 3000 years for her to retrieve them.[10][11][12]

Sanctum work
Milowka acted as a stunt double and instructor-by-example[13] for the characters Judes and Victoria (actresses Allison Cratchley and Alice Parkinson) in James Cameron's feature film Sanctum.[12]

Distance record
Milowka preferred to dive at low depths, but her preference for diving far into cave systems led to many technical dives, which she categorized as 40 meters or more deep. She held the Australian female cave penetration record [14]

She participated as the researcher and diver in a series of qualitative underwater archeology, fieldwork and research projects.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

In the effort coordinated by Wikipedia:Victorian Speleological Association in 2009, she and James Arundale extended Elk River streamway cave system by 5000 ft (1.4 km), which has potential to become the longest continuous stream passage in Victoria, Australia. [21]

In a 2009 expedition near Cocklebiddy, she reached the midpoint of Wikipedia:Craig Challen’s 2008 line giving her the record for the longest cave dive in Australia for a female.[22]

She worked as an underwater grip for a film Discovery Channel Japan "Water's Journey" TV Asahi & Karst Productions in 2008.

Blue Hole Great

Great Blue Hole, Belize

She was part of the National Geographic Nova TV Special expedition to Wikipedia:Blue Holes of the Bahamas, December 2008, as an underwater grip,[23] followed by the expedition to look for similar Wikipedia:sinkholes in Queensland, Australia in October 2009.[24]

Milowka was a photographic assistant in National Geographic Magazine expedition to Bahamas Caves, November–December 2009, resulting in few of her photos being published by the National Geographic website.[25][26]

In 2010, when living in Florida, she laid over 4 km of line across a number of cave systems, the most significant of which was Mission Spring. In August 2010, together with James Toland, they made the connection between Peacock Springs and Baptizing Spring, Florida adding over 10,000 ft (3 km) of passage.

She was the presenter and editor for TV series "Agnes Milowka Project" (2010) featuring underwater cave footage shot by Wikipedia:Wes Skiles, Wikipedia:Karst Productions.

Agnes Milowka was a speaker at a number of diving related conferences (Wikipedia:OZTek 2009, Wikipedia:EuroTek 2010).

She acted as a Wikipedia:stunt double for two female characters on Wikipedia:James Cameron's feature film Sanctum 2011 and worked during the production as cave dive instructor to the actors.

In 2011 she was nominated as Dive Rite Ambassador.

One of her last jobs was as a diving supervisor at BIRTH, a short film for TRIMÄPEE fashion label. The movie has been dedicated in her name.

On February 2011, she ran out of air and died after parting company to explore a tight restriction, which necessitated going solo,[27] in the Tank Cave near Wikipedia:Mount Gambier on the Wikipedia:South Australian coast.[5]

In recognition of Milowka's achievements and legacy, The Agnes Milowka Memorial Environmental Science Award has been established by Mummu Media for underprivileged schools in the area of science, marine studies or exploration.

In May 2011 Agnes Milowka received the Exploration Award, in recognition of the outstanding and dedicated service to the National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section, USA.[28]


Milowka authored articles on the subject of underwater exploration and her experiences and work as a diver. These include

Heaven is a place on earth[29]
Why Ginnie and I are like peas and carrots[30]
Virgin Territory: Devil's Eye past the restriction[30]
Mission Spring[31]
Cave diving in Victoria: Exploration of the Elk River streamway (co-authored with Jim Arundale)[32]
In the heart of Tiger's Eye[33]
Deep holes in the ground that will blow your mind: Bahamas[34]
Virgin Territory: Devil's Eye Cave System Beyond Restriction[35]
Deep Holes. Unraveling The Mysteries Of The Bahamas[11][10]
Mission Spring Exploration[36]
The Elk River Streamway: A hump to a sump[37]
Eye of the Tiger: On expedition in Tassie[38]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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  1. Jill Heinerth (2010). "Cave diving in the modern world". Chapter 1, Cave diving in the modern world: Heinerth Productions Incorporated. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  2. CEGSA (2010). "CEGSA Annual Report/2006". Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. Leigh Bishop (February-March 2010). "Beyond Toad Hall: Cave Diving Beneath Australia's Nullabor Desert". Diver Magazine, Vol 35 Number 7. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  4. Cath Bates (Oct-Nov 2010). "Talking Tech: Watching the girls dive by". Egypt: Blue Magazine, Issue 7. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kappelle, Liza (28 February 2011). "Underwater caves a passion for lost diver". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  6. Melbourne woman dies in cave dive Brisbane Times
  7. Megan Levy (1 Mar 2011). "Police struggle to reach diver lost in cave maze". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. MUUC (2003). "Annual General Meeting Minutes - 27 March 2003". Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  9. Cath Bates (Issue 7 Oct-Nov 2010). "Watching The Girls Dive By". Blue Magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Unraveling the mysteries of the Bahamas
  11. 11.0 11.1 Underwater Speleology Volume 36 Number 2, July/August/September
  12. 12.0 12.1 Interview with SBS Radio-English transcript. [ Sound file recording of the original in Polish] Po Polsku Six Billion Stories and counting...
  13. SBS radio interview: "In a way we helped to coach the actors...they learned how to pretend to be cave divers. (laughs)"
  14. International Who's Who of diving Diving Almanac Book of Records
  15. Brian Williams, Karson Winslow, Agnes Milowka, Jason Raupp (2006). "Port Albert Archaeological Project: Report of Investigations". Manuscripts on file at Maritime Archaeology Unit, Heritage Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.. 
  16. Jason Thomas Raupp, Karson Winslow, Agnes Milowka, Brian Williams (2007). "A View from Above: Archaeological Site Inspections in East Gippsland, Victoria". pp. 46-60, 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology.: Shannon Research Press. Template:Hdl. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  17. AIMA (March 2007). "Wilsons Promontory Fieldwork February/March 2007". Template:Citation/identifier. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  18. FUMAN (2007). "Internship with Heritage Victoria’s Maritime Heritage Unit". Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  19. Flinders University Internships/Masters Classes (2007). "Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) USA/2007". Flinders University. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  20. Mark Staniforth (4 February 2008). "Flinders University 2008 Field School in Underwater Archaeology". The Museum of Underwater Archeology. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  21. CEGSA News. "Past Trips From General Meetings". Cave Exploration Group (South Australia). Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  22. Tony Richardson and Chris Brown. "Cocklebiddy Cave Diving History". Cave Divers Association of Australia. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  23. Brian Kakuk (Oct-Nov-Dec 2010). "Hi Warg Mug Hi". National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  24. Sydney Project Dive Team. "Technically Speaking: Blue Holes Exploration Trip". Sydney Project. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  25. Agnes Milowka (20 Dec 2008). "Blue Holes Project". National Geographic. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  26. Agnes Milowka (23 Sep 2010). "Deep Dark Secret". National Geographic. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  27. Holden, Adam (4 March 2011). "Dedicated cave diver perishes". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  28. Tony Richardson. "Aussie Cave Divers Receive NSS-CDS Awards". Cave Diving Down Under. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  29. Cave Divers Association of Australia (CDAA) Newsletter Guidelines No 102 Dec 2007
  30. 30.0 30.1 CDAA Newsletter Guidelines No 105 Sep 2008
  31. CDAA Newsletter Guidelines No 110 Dec 2009
  32. CDAA Newsletter Guidelines No 111 March 2010
  33. CDAA Newsletter Guidelines No 112 June 2010
  34. CDAA Newsletter Guidelines No 108 June 2009
  35. Underwater Speleology Volume 36 Number 1, January/February/March
  36. Underwater Speleology Volume 36 Number 3, October/November/December
  37. Underwater Speleology Volume 37 Number 1, January/February/March
  38. Underwater Speleology Volume 37 Number 2, April/May/June 2010

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