Steve Irwin - the Crocodile Hunter (Lover) of Australia

 Front Page Herald Sun Newspaper 5th September 2006
Front Page Herald Sun Newspaper 5th September 2006

Crikey, It was like losing your best Mate !

I never met or knew Steve Irwin but like most Aussies would say, he was like a mate!

A True Blue, Fair Dinkum Mate.  Steve is a great loss to this Nation and he will be deeply missed .

I started watching Steve Irwin on Television when he was wrestling Crocodiles for fun ? Yeah well anyway it looked like he was having fun :-)

Wearing khaki shorts and shirt and these huge boots he looked like he was only a kid. That was way back in the 70's and Steve was just starting his career and Love affair with the Animal loving public.

Steve Irwin appeared to have that unique ability to communicate on any level, be it a small child or the Prime Minister of Australia.

Steve's Life, Encapsulated:

1962
Born Stephen Robert Irwin at FernTree Gully in Victoria Australia

1971
Wrestles with and captures his first crocodile at the age of 9

1973
Bob and Lyn Irwin , Steve's parents open the forerunner to the Australian Zoo, calledQueensland Reptile and Fauna Park

1991
Steve takes over the Park and renames it to "Australia Zoo" the following year. Steve also meets Terri Raines when she is visiting the Zoo on a holiday from America.

1992
Changes the name of the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park to "Australia Zoo" . Steve and Terri Raines marry on June 4th. During their honeymoon they film their crocodile expeditions. This is developed later to become the world famous "The Crocodile Hunter" the TV series

1996
The series "The Crocodile Hunter" debuts and is an instant hit. It is shown on TV in America the following year.

1998
Bindi Sue, Steve and Terri's daughter is born on July 24th

2003
Robert Clarence , Steve and Terri's son is born on December 1st

2004
The only time I ever heard critisism of Steve when he fed a crocodile while holding his young son.

2006
Steve dies  on September 4th after being struck by a Stingray barb while filming a documentary "Ocean's Deadliest" on the Great Barrier Reef off the Coast of Australia

Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef where Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray barb!

True Blue

Terri, Bindi and Robert at Steve Irwin's Memorial service at Australia Zoo.
Terri, Bindi and Robert at Steve Irwin's Memorial service at Australia Zoo.

Quotes from Steve Irwin

Here are some quotes that Steve was renowned for:

'I'm a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian.'

'Crikey means gee whiz, wow!'

'I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.'

'I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm just fine with that.'

'Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing.'

'You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other.'

'I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.'



--Crikey--
--Crikey--
Bob, Terri, Bindi, Robert at the Memorial Service.
Bob, Terri, Bindi, Robert at the Memorial Service.

Steve's dad Bob

 Steve's father, Bob Irwin, said after the memorial 

"Please do not grieve for Steve, he's at peace now. Grieve for the animals. They have lost the best friend they ever had, and so have I."

 Bob Irwin was also reported as saying "I was coping fairly well until John sang that song, and then I fell apart. Steve really loved that song. He was a true blue Aussie and a really good bloke."

'MV Steve Irwin' renamed to honor Steve Irwin
'MV Steve Irwin' renamed to honor Steve Irwin

MV Steve Irwin

In December 2007 the 195 foot (59 metre) ship previously called MV Robert Hunter was renamed, with the approval of Terri Irwin,  'MV Steve Irwin'.
MV Steve Irwin is owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is used in the battle against Whaling in the Southern Seas off the Australian Coast. It had been reported that, not long before his death, Steve Irwin was planning on joining the ship on a trip to the Antarctica.

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Shil1978 6 years ago

I never knew or met Steve Irwin either AGV, but I felt close to him through his shows. I'd cringe every time he put himself in harm's way, but I guess he did what he loved and probably knew full well the risks he took.

I feel especially bad for his sweet little kids, having to grow up without a father as sweet as him!!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I saw his TV shows here in Italy a lot of times and I have to say that even if he was completely crazy he was very funny and quite expressive in his love for animals. He left doing what he liked most but it's been a sad thing. Great hub, rated and stumbled.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

Great hub - I used to love watching Steve Irwin on TV. It was so tragic to hear of his death.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Shil1978, Steve did have that quality of giving you the sense that you were the only one in the conversation with him, and his boyish enthusiasm never seemed to wane. I am not ashamed to admit it but I still can't believe that he is no longer with us and I did get a tear in my eye when putting this Hub together.

Steve's spirit lives on through his wife and children and the good work is continuing.

Shil1978 thanks for your lovely comment :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

hypnodude, thanks for your kind words.

lol. I guess to a lot of us 'couch potatoes' what Steve did was bordering on Insanity. I have a terrible fear of spiders and no way would I let one crawl on me (yuk). So to me what Steve did was 'heroic' but to him, I'm guessing it would have seemed just 'normal' not insanity.

Steve has been described in many ways. larrikin, knockabout? Yet I do not think I have ever heard anyone critise him for the way he treated animals. To me he always showed them love and respect.

hypnodude. Thank you again for the kind words and the ratings :-)


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great hub tribute thanks


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

I also watched him from the beginning of his career, I live in Colorado USA, and he was a shinning star, the brighter the star the better of our creatures of Earth are cared for. Steve is still their guardian over each animal in this kingdom....I still love you Steve, pray for all of us...


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

@ rose west, thank you so much for dropping by and reading my Hub. Steve's death was certainly a tragedy! I did not realise until I sat down to write this Hub just how much affect it had on my own self.

Thanks for your kind words :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

@ thevoice, thank you for dropping by and having a read :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

@ Darlene Sabella, thank you so much for your warm and heartfelt comment. Lets hope that he is up there, still looking out for all the wildlife. As he so aptly put it many times, it's the habitats of these animals that we need to be caring for.

Darlene thanks so much for your kind words :-)


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I liked what I saw of him... he seemed genuine and loved animals.. how could you not like him?


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

carolina muscle, as we used to say in the old days "right on man!"

Thanks for dropping by :-)


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey ag! What Steve and Terry have done is to foster in Bindi a love and respect for nature and a passion to pass it on to others! That's a legacy!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Candie V, you are so right about Bindi, and I must add that young Robert appears to almost be a clone of his father.

I think that the legacy handed down from Steve's parents will continue on to become a Dynasty.

Thanks for dropping in and adding to the discussion :-)


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Hail noble fox! I think Steve Irwin was as popular with television audiences across the world as he was in Australia...one couldn't help but watch in awe as he did his thing!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Feline Prophet, yes 'awesome' is such a good word for Steve Irwin. In Australia we have what is called a 'culture cringe' a sort of 'national inferiority complex' where we don't think we are good enough or interesting enough to be seen on the world stage.

My friend when you say what you have said in your comment it gives me great pride to call myself an "Aussie"

FFF, Thank you so much for your kind words :-)


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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I just loved it when they had their first baby and then their son...He was such a proud PaPa...you could tell how much he truly cared for the croc's and all the other animals...especially his own Family....and I have to go along with what Darlene ended with...

"Steve is still their guardian over each animal in this kingdom....I still love you Steve, pray for all of us"...

Nice Tribute my dear man...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

G-Ma, as always it is a pleasure to have you comment on my Hubs. It is very pleasing for me to see that Steve was so loved all around the world. It may be a long time before someone comes along like Steve, who knows it may be his daughter Bindi or son Robert.

G-Ma, Thank you so much for your kind words :-)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Thank you for this great hub agvulpes, as a fellow Australian I thought of him the same way. This is a wonderful tribute to the late great Steve Irwin.

I learnt a few things from this hub that I did not know about Steve Irwin and the ship named in his honour. Thanks mate!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

earnestshub, thanks you for your kind words. I am sure that Steve Irwin will not be forgotten. He will go down in the Australian History book as one of the great ones. :-)


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Agvulpes. Hi What an absolutely wonderful tribute you have written to Steve Irwin. He was in my opinion a very special man, Who loved all wild life from Ants to Elephants and everything in between, He also loved his family with a passion. He was truly a great Australian and was loved by many many people from around the world. "good one olly". Thank's. :) :) (hug)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

oliversmum, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm sure that Steve would be so chuffed to think that people thought so highly of him that he would be remembered so lovingly 4 years after his passing. I'm sure that his memory will live on for many years yet. He certainly was passionate about his family and he was very upset when he was criticized for what was said to be putting his son in danger. In his mind it was a perfectly normal thing to do!

oliversmum thanks again for your lovely comment :-) (hug)


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Steve had many fans over here in the good ole USA. I felt a great sense of loss when he died, still we must note that the man died doing what he loved to do. I'd prefer not to die at all, but since I must, I hope it is as real a death as Steve experienced, and happens right in the midst of my greatest achievements.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

valeriebelew, thank you very much for dropping in and leaving a great comment. I do understand when people say 'Oh he died doing what he loved doing'. Personally I'm with you and prefer not to die at all:) But my preference is to die with no pain involved and just not wake up one morning!

valerie thanks again for dropping by :-)


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hiya, I loved Steve and me and my son always used to watch him on TV, and laugh when he used to manically jump around and launch himself onto the nearest croc. it really upset me, as one slip up, one tiny little mistake, probably because he was thinking how great the pictures would be, I believe he was going to help his daughter with her first filming with the rays? and woomph, one flick of the tail and that was it. It seems very ironic that a man who knew all the moves of an animal, could slip up by swimming over the top of a ray. it was such a shame. thanks again nell


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

I miss him! I think his little girl is going to be just like him & we will probably see more of her in the future!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Nell, you paint a great word picture of Steve jumping on that crocodile , at first it brought a smile of remembering the same thing and then a tear to my eye when I also remembered that it will never happen again.

I also have a feeling the Steve was not as comfortable with the animals undersea as he was on land. Growing up I have had some experiences myself with Stingrays and to me they have always been the calm creatures of the sea and would sooner run away from you. They will generally only attack you if they or their young are threatened. Which is fair enough don't you think?

nell. Thanks again for a great contribution to the discussion :-)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Michael Shane, thanks for leaving a nice comment. I agree that Bindi Irwin is a rising star and I to have no doubt that she will certainly carry on the family name. I would also like to add that his son Robert is also to be watched, the last time I saw him he was shaping up just like his dad.

Terri, Steves wife, seems to me to be a very level headed lady and will raise the kids in a way that Steve would have been proud.

Michael, thanks again for dropping by :-)


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Great Hub about a great guy. My sons and I sure miss watching him on TV, and still watch his DVD. I'm so glad the ship was renamed for him. It's fitting. Thanks for a good read, and a look back at such an amazing man!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Cathi Sutton thanks so much for your kind comment :-)

In all the years since Steve has passed away I have only heard one person say anything bad about him.

I will not lower the level of this Hub by naming them :(

He is still sadly missed here in Australia but I'm sure that we will be hearing lots more from his two kids in the not so distant future.

Cathi, thanks again for dropping by and leaving such a kind comment :-)


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vivekananda 6 years ago from India

Good info on Steve Irwin. Brave man and a great animal lover he was. Thanks for sharing it, dear friend.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

vivekananda, mate thank you for dropping in and leaving such a moving comment. Steve is still sorely missed here in Australia !


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

America loved Steve, too. Hubby and I always watched his shows. Great tribute!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

habee, thanks for the great comment, the TV shows that Steve and Terri put on were so entertaining that the time just flew by.

Thank you for your kind words :-)


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BeBrown 6 years ago

Steve was the best - sad that he is not around any more - this hub is a fitting tribute.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

BeBrown, thanks so much for dropping in and leaving such a kind comment. Yes Steve Irwin was the best and his memory will live on !


Tony 6 years ago

I think Steve was a great character, loveable, a little crazy maybe, but he made learning about nature fun. He will be missed. This is a very nice hubpage.


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JulieBull 6 years ago

Steve was much loved here in the UK too - I loved his enthusiasm for his work and really enjoyed his shows

A lovely tribute - thank you


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Tony, thanks for dropping in and letting us know how Steve Irwin had an effect on your outlook on nature and possibly made you more familiar with Australia?


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

JulieBull, G'day and thanks for dropping by and letting us know your thoughts on Steve and what effect he had on you!

Thank you for your kind words. I believe that Steve Irwin is one man that can rightly wear the badge of "Dinkum Aussie"


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

I have really enjoyed watching his daughter Bindi on her show, and I hope she follows in her father's footsteps.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Yes Bindi is becoming a big star in her own right and her little brother Bob is not far behind.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a lovely tribute :-)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

I'm just getting to know this side of the world, Agvulpes, and I have to say, it's been a delight reading yours, and other Aussies, hubs.

Great photos, and what a thorough touch: quotes, photos, highlights of his life. Thanks for the memorial-enjoyed.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Denise we do have a fascinating country, there is still a lot that I am learning about Australia. I feel that I only scratched the surface on Steve Irwin he was a very special person and his memory will live on for a long long time!

Thanks for you kind words!


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Jennifer Bhala 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Steve will be sorely missed by the animals and humans a like. He was a wonderful man and Aussie. You have written an excellent memorial in his honour.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Jennifer thank you for your kind tribute to Steve Irwin. We have just watched a replay of an interview Steve and his wife Terri did on Australian TV with Andrew Denton. It made me realize in hindsight just what he represented.


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richtwf 6 years ago

I was dumbstruck when I heard that Steve had died during a freak diving accident. He was an amazing and inspiring individual with a fantastic rapport with animals and humans. He will always be sorely missed by so many, not just his own family but by his extended family as well - the wild life that he truly lived his life for. He left a fantastic legacy but so sad to say good-bye to him so soon. Thanks for sharing these poignant thoughts with us agvulpes.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

@richtwf, you have encapsulated everything in your comment.

Beautifully said!

Thank you so much for reading my Hub and leaving such a touching comment :-)


Naomi 5 years ago

I miss Steve Robert Irwin soooooooooooooooooooooooo badly! plz come back!!!!! i miss you!


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Naomi thank you so much for dropping in and telling us how much you miss Steve :-)

Just to let you know I do not allow personal messages on my Hubs. :-)


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teresa8go 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

It's been about 4 1/2 yrs. since Steve died and this article still brought more than a few tears to my eyes. What a terrible terrible loss, not only to Australia but, the entire world as well. He accomplished so much in the short time he was with us. I sure hope his life's work will continue.


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Yes it only seems like yesterday that Steve Irwin met his terrible death and your reaction just shows how much he was loved. I'm sure that with his two young children Steve's work will continue. Robert is what we call a 'dead ringer' of his father and I'm sure will develop into a special man. Bindi, Steve's daughter is display great talents as well and is a very entertaining young lady.

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a nice tribute to Steve Irwin :-)


paige thomas 5 years ago

after wacthing the video and found out the news i am so sad


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Yes paige, when Steve Irwin died it was felt by the whole world.:( Very sad day indeed !


antoniette 4 years ago

thank you


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

antoinette, thanks for taking the time to remember.

It has now been 5 years and Steve Irwin's family have grown so much over these 5 years.

Young Bob looks the spitting image of Steve and looks like following in his footsteps.

Cheers :-)


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

sadness now when i think about that loss...Steve had become a 'member' of our family via television. not a huge tv viewer, his show was one we watched and were always so excited to experience vicariously his adventures. the sadness is overshadowed when i see that his family continues to remind of our connection to our wildlife...we need MORE men, women, and children on our planet to care about our creatures!! thank you for this peek into Steve's life..


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

pstraubie48 your comment really drives home to us just how much Steve Irwin was loved around the world.

His ebullience just overflowed into everyone's life and the loss of Steve seemed to hurt us almost as if we had lost a member of our own family.

I'm sure that there are other men/women in the world who are capable of doing the things that Steve Irwin did ! but in the same way? Perhaps not!

We may have to wait for his young son Robert to fill his shoes? (It looks like he just might)

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to leave a nice comment, it is much appreciate :-)


Simran Sunder Murthy 4 years ago

It is very interesting to noe bout someones life nd da way it was written was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

I never passed up Steve Irwin movies on TV and agreed that he was a true explorer and animal lover.


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agvulpes 3 years ago from Australia Author

We have a legacy on Australian TV now with Steve Irwin's wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Robert.

It is a show based around the life at the Australia Zoo and often shows Steve in his prime and is very entertaining:)

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