Want to learn more about Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander maritime history and tradition?
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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.
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?
Why did Master Pearler James Clark leave the Torres Strait and move his entire fleet to the Art Islands?
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