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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Free Diving
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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 nineteenth century in Western Australia.

'The fictionalised lyrical narrative is based on the celebrated song ‘Free Diving’ by singer–songwriter Lorrae Coffin. It sensitively reflects 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. 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.' (Publication summary)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 5 (NSW Stage 3)

Themes

Aboriginal history and culture, Aboriginal slavery, exploitation, the past

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander histories and cultures

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 2017 .
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      Extent: 32p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Note/s:
      • Published: September 2017

        For Middle primary

      ISBN: 9781925360516

Works about this Work

[Review] Free Diving Kevin Steinberger , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , November vol. 32 no. 5 2017; (p. 32)

— Review of Free Diving Lorrae Coffin , 2017 single work picture book

'Free Diving must surely be the first Australian picture book about the long past practice of pearl diving. Magabala Books deserves a commendation for illuminating this little known industry in Australia's history.' (Introduction)

[Review] Free Diving Kevin Steinberger , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , November vol. 32 no. 5 2017; (p. 32)

— Review of Free Diving Lorrae Coffin , 2017 single work picture book

'Free Diving must surely be the first Australian picture book about the long past practice of pearl diving. Magabala Books deserves a commendation for illuminating this little known industry in Australia's history.' (Introduction)

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