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Research & Recognition

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1899 Pearling Disaster Recognition Expeditions

Recognition expeditions to Cape Melville and Princess Charlotte Bay to formerly recognise the "300 coloured" crew who had be nameless and without identity for more than 155 years. Learn of the first Indigenous woman to receive a Bravery Award for her role during the event.

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The Forgotten Pearlers

South Sea Islanders and Cape York Aboriginals were blackbird into the pearling and beche-de-mer fisheries from 1863 to the mid-1960's. Learn about the forgotten pearlers. Why did so many Missions purchase their own luggers to compete with the Japanese skippers?

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Pearling Fleet heads to Indonesia

Why did Master Pearler James Clark leave the Torres Strait and move his entire fleet to the Art Islands? 

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