Free Diving

Author: Coffin,Lorrae

Illustrator: Houston,Bronwyn

Item Code: 100062127

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781925360516


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A poignant tribute to the ‘blackbirding’ of Aboriginal men and women exploited by the pearling industry as ‘free divers’ in the late 19th century in Western Australia. There were no protective suits and, with every descent, divers faced the terrifying threat of the bends, shark attack or being shipwrecked in a cyclone. Under the control of indifferent European lugger owners, many of the men and women who were forced to dive for the valuable pearl shell lost their lives and never made it home to family.

Bronwyn Houston’s illustrations are a deep-sea celebration that illuminate both the glory of the ocean and the extreme dangers encountered by the free divers.

This fictionalised lyrical narrative is based on the celebrated song ‘Free Diving’ by singer-songwriter Lorrae Coffin, sensitively reflecting the emotional journey of a young man who leaves family and country to work on a lugger with Japanese and Malay divers by his side. Includes the song lyrics and sheet music.

Genre: Historical Fiction Subject: People & Places Learning Area: English, Geography, History Reading Level: Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle Primary School Year: Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 Ages: 7 to 10 Page Count: 32

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