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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:33 pm

Seattle’s Scott Wilcox, in Sydney with wife Paula, phoned yesterday from Doyle�s Restaurant in Watsons Bay. �This place is beautiful,� he said. Turns out Scott visited on an historic, and very sad, day:

The doyen of the Sydney seafood scene, Peter Doyle, died yesterday, aged 72.

Tributes flowed in last night for the Watsons Bay businessman, who turned a humble fish and chip shop into Doyle’s restaurant empire, an institution and international tourist attraction.

Last week we caught up with Scott and Paula for a steak feast and hours of talk. He’s been coming to Australia since he was an aimless youngster in the early ‘70s, and has a powerful bond with this country; for several years Scott worked in the Victorian country town of Shepparton, where he’s now headed. Great to meet the both of them.

UPDATE. In other fish news, this Herald Sun account of a fatal shark attack reports: “The man’s wife and 10-year-old daughter have requested that his name not be released.” Yet in The Australian, it’s nothing but names. Odd.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/12/2004 at 09:01 PM
    1. How sad, me and the Mrs. had a great time at Doyle’s on Anzac Day, 2003, drinking beer with random Australians and playing Two-Up, or was it Knifey-Spoony?

      Posted by Andrew on 2004 12 12 at 10:06 PM • permalink


    1. I was talking with some friends about the shark munching the spearfisherman yesterday. The three non-Aussies were all saying how terrible it was, but all the Aussies pointed out that by going spearfishing you are advertising wounded prey to any sharks in the area and he had to cop the consequences of his own actions.

      The passing away of Peter Doyle is a genuine tragedy.

      Posted by Pauly on 2004 12 12 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. On the other hand, this guy survived a staggering 35 hours in shark-infested waters.

      He would have looked like a human kebab to the sharks.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2004 12 12 at 11:22 PM • permalink


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