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Tony Oldham RIP
« on: December 14, 2018, 02:21:39 pm »
A regret to announce that Tony passed away after a short illness.  A life long caver Tony first started caving with the Scouts in the late 1950s.  His most famous discovery was with John Dolman in the Sura Mare Cave in Rumania:

http://travelguideromania.com/sura-mare-cave-sureanului-montains-hunedoara-county/

The author of 17 caving books he also published a couple of caving journals:  The Mendip Caver and  edited the later editions of The British Caver.

A full obituary is being prepared

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 02:28:46 pm »

 :(

We may have had our differences over the years on this forum, but nonetheless, very sorry to hear that. 

RIP Tony.


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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 02:52:34 pm »
I am very sorry to hear that - Tony contributed much to British caving over the years.

He was also the main contributor to this section of the forum...

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 03:08:59 pm »
Oh that is very sad. Hw will be missed.
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 03:25:19 pm »
Bye Tony, see you on the other side  :down:
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 03:58:05 pm »
Sad news indeed. RIP Tony.
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2018, 04:29:26 pm »
RIP Tony.

The last time I bought books from Tony, I called around to his home in the Rhondda and, unbidden, he kindly gave me digital copies of the text, illustrations, surveys, photos etc. of nearly all his Caves of South Wales series of guidebooks. I know there were some inaccuracies and issues with copyright but I'm sure this series of books provided information and inspiration to more than one generation of South Wales diggers and helped in making a number of discoveries. Years ago, the Clydach book was certainly the first place I came across mention of a tiny little hole called Ogof Draenen!

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 04:32:14 pm »
Sad news. RIP
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2018, 04:44:56 pm »
Very sorry to hear this, he was a character and a friend.

Rest in Peace, always.

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Offline Jenny P

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2018, 04:48:02 pm »
A great guy and an old and valued friend.  RIP Tony.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2018, 04:54:48 pm »
I had dealings with Tony over a long period of time when some article I had written would mysteriously appear in Caves of Gower! He always used to send me updated copies of the books he’d used my stuff in. Sad to see him go. RIP Tony.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2018, 06:54:57 pm »
Probably the first caving author I owned.
He'll be remembered in his own works.
RIP
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2018, 07:11:17 pm »
Oh no! I used to enjoy PM exchanges with Tony when he was in the shit for trolling people on here! Always made me laugh!

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2018, 07:11:46 pm »
Oh dear - what sad news. I knew his name from being a child when I first went caving.
I had many interesting discussions with Tony over the years since then. As a caver, I believe his heart was very much in the right place.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2018, 07:17:36 pm »
This is terrible news!
Whatever some people may have thought of him, he was a character, and were would we be without characters.
I am greatly saddened.
Looking forward to NAMHO 2019. www.cambrianmines.co.uk

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2018, 07:59:27 pm »
I recall, as a teenager, journeying to his house in Eastville to buy my first NiFe cell - 17 shillings and sixpence I think it was including a home-made charger (which actually worked!)

RIP indeed Tony.....

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2018, 10:25:28 pm »
Dam.

What a character. What a loss...

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2018, 11:11:15 pm »
like roy said another character gone.( and there getting harder to find)
would'nt mind the hard drive on his computer though ;) ;)
rest in peace tony

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2018, 11:18:37 pm »
Sad news. Never met Tony but have corresponded on and off for 30 years. I loved Caves of North Wales in its various guises, and yes he had a liberal interpretation of copyright, but send him any query and you'd be deluged with information in reply. Last time I contacted him to buy a copy of Silica Mines, and he sent me a digital copy of all the books. A character, yes, scoundrel, no, a tease, yes. RIP Tony.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2018, 12:29:11 am »
Very sad news - he gave me some digital copies of his back catalogue when caving in North Wales (you can see a common theme in the posters so far) in the name of research and caving. Top man, a real loss to the caving community.

Rest in peace,
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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2018, 10:21:26 am »
Over the Years I have made good use of his books from the South Wales area. RIP Tony.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2018, 10:38:44 am »
Rest in Peace and thanks for all your contributions to the forum (well most of them).  Tony certainly made his mark on the caving world, and characters like him will be missed.  Condolences to all his family and friends.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2018, 10:43:32 am »
Very sad news indeed. Yet another character gone from us. RIP.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2018, 11:22:17 am »
When I started caving I discovered there was a rag called the Mendip Caver. It was roughly printed and used to arrive as a rolled up, often damp and tattered, collection of pages. I still have the copies I kept as a schoolboy. The OR used to write regularly for him and he provided the only Mendip news I got (in fact probably one of the few times Tony got plagiarised was when as a callow 16 year old I wrote an article for the Speleologist on Mendip Discoveries in 1967 basically lifting all the material from the Mendip Caver). He seriously antagonised the DSS who never forgave him for the Caves of Devon although it remains the only guide to the region to this day. He sent me a copy of the Concise Caves of Devon to review and I tore it shreds - metaphorically. The next edition contained an erratum slip acknowledging my assistance!  He started to appear at Mendip events in recent years sending in photos for the competition (including a memorable one of him on a mobility scooter) and I wondered what had happened this year as we didn't seem him at the awards or the digging awards.  He will be  missed as will: 'There is a book'.

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Re: Tony Oldham RIP
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2018, 03:53:48 pm »
Sad news

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