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Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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'Family is one of the most important things in Sam Faulkner’s life. Ali Drummond is Sam Faulkner's grandfather, and this is his story.'

'Ali Drummond has had an extraordinary life, by any standards. Orphaned when young, Ali took to a life at sea aged fourteen. Originally taken on as an apprentice, Ali applied himself to learning the skills he needed to survive and prosper in a sometimes dangerous life seeking pearl shells, trochus and bêche de mer. Alert to the Japanese divers’ knowledge, Ali learnt well from them and went on to become an expert diver and skipper himself.'

'After years on the mainland, cutting cane, roadworking and supporting his growing family, Ali returned to his beloved Torres Strait. He has been a strong supporter of his community, has enjoyed playing lawn bowls competitively and has provided advice about the maritime environment he knows so well – knowledge now keenly sought by scientists and others. Now 90, Ali is one of a handful of elders able to share these stories first-hand.'

'Two themes emerge strongly: the importance of Ali’s wife Carmen and their family, and the desire to be out on the water, fishing. Sam Faulkner has rendered Ali Drummond’s life with affection, skilfully weaving together Ali’s stories with colourful reminiscences from his family.' (Source: AIATSIS website)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Aboriginal Studies Press , 2007 .
      Extent: xix, 90 p.p.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Acknowledgements: "Family is important to all of us. It is especially important to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our extended families provide support, guidance and leadership to individuals as well as continuing the strong oral tradition and transmission of culture from on generation to another."

        "Having a record of Ali Drummond's life is important to me: he's my grandfather. So it's also my family's story, as well as an opportunity to share his rich and varied experiences with a broader community."

        (Source: Faulkner, S. with Drummond, A., Life B'long Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007, p. vii)

      ISBN: 9780855755560

Works about this Work

Life B'long Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait : Book Review 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , no. 33 2009; (p. 294-398)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Review Ian Nichols , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 24 May 2008; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story ; Cry of the Rain Bird Patricia Shaw 1994 single work novel
Story of Torres Strait Life Stirs Memories 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 March no. 421 2008; (p. 44)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Remembering Life in the Torres Strait Marilyn Strelau , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 175-176)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Book Review Kerry Arabena , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2008; (p. 130-131)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Untitled David Andrew Roberts , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 3 no. 9 2008;

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Review Ian Nichols , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 24 May 2008; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story ; Cry of the Rain Bird Patricia Shaw 1994 single work novel
Story of Torres Strait Life Stirs Memories 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 12 March no. 421 2008; (p. 44)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Remembering Life in the Torres Strait Marilyn Strelau , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 175-176)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Book Review Kerry Arabena , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 1 2008; (p. 130-131)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Untitled David Andrew Roberts , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 3 no. 9 2008;

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Life B'long Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait : Book Review 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , no. 33 2009; (p. 294-398)

— Review of Life B'long Ali Drummond : A Life in the Torres Strait Samantha Faulkner 2007 single work life story
Last amended 4 Feb 2014 09:53:42
Subjects:
  • Torres Strait Islands, Queensland,
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