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1987 Lombok Gili Nanggu images by Ric Chan

Surf photographer Ric Chan moved from WA to Bali in the 80’s. He set up and ran Cheaters Nightclub in Kuta, worked as a photo journalist for Bali News in Denpasar and undertook other entrepreneurial tasks.

Photo: 1985 Ric in the Bali News office in Denpasar. Ric Chan pic.

In 1987 Ric led a couple of Perth businessmen to Gili Nanggu island on Lombok.

Ric Chan:  The Island was owned by Mr Gede Badjra who was the owner of a large furniture store in Mataram. He passed away a few years ago and the island was sold (I gather, by his family) for around 250,000U$, and has been developed further.

 There are three islands in the small group and is not too far from Lembar, the port on Lombok.

 A couple of architects from Perth came to the island to survey it for a possible investment, but the potential investor went broke not long after the guys returned to WA…. once again, I missed out on getting rich!

 Not far to the west are several larger islands, one of which is called Gili Gede (gede means large). In these waters are several pearl oyster farms.

Photo: 1987 Sami and Taron Chan on the ferry to Lombok. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 Taron Chan being nursed on Lombok ferry. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 Taron Chan in the wheelhouse of Lombok ferry. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 Gili Nanggu island on west coast of Lombok. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 Perth businessmen travelling to Gili Nanggu to explore the possibilities of developing the island. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 cottages on Gili Nanggu. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 cottages on Gili Nanggu. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 business lunch on Gili Nanguu. Ric Chan pic.

In 1985 Ric met and married former Queensland model Sami in Bali. They had two sons Taron in 1986 and Tao in 1989.

Sadly Sami passed away in July 1991 and Ric returned to his homeland NZ with the two boys.

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