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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Strange Objects
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'After discovering valuable relics from a seventeen-century shipwreck, a sixteen year old Western Australian boy mysteriously disappears.'

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 9 (NSW Stage 5)

Themes

Aboriginality, Australia, Australian identity, History, identity, isolation, media, personality disorder, racism

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Strange Objects : A Novel
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1990 .
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      Extent: 185p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • With title: Strange Objects : A Novel
      ISBN: 0858595621 (pbk.)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mammoth , 1991 .
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      Extent: 185p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1863301135 (pbk.)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mandarin , 1994 .
      Extent: 270p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1863303030
    • Sydney,: Sceptre , 2001 .
      Extent: 185p.
      ISBN: 0733613993 (pbk.)
    • Sydney,: Hachette Australia , 2003 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st July 2003
      ISBN: 9780733617942
Language: Icelandic
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Lindin ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 229p.
      ISBN: 9979914424

Works about this Work

'Changed as to a Tiger' : Considering the Wreck of the Batavia Michael Titlestad , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 149-156)

'Jeronimus Cornelisz had spent two days alone on the Batavia as the waves and the coral joined forces to rip apart the hull. Like most sailors and passengers on seventeenth-century ships, he could not swim. Here, Titlestad discusses the Batavia wreck and Cornelisz's transformation.' (Publication abstract)

[Essay] : Strange Objects Pamela Freeman , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'The wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia on the coast of Western Australia in 1629 has been a source of inspiration for many Australian writers. Its story of mutiny, wreck, murder, rape, barbarism, and subsequent rescue and justice is both horrible and fascinating, combining as it does the worst of human nature with a challenge to the ‘received’ history of European exploration of Australia.' (Introduction)

Untitled Kate Eltham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 12 April no. 217 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
Deadly Audiobooks Down Under Steven Steinbock , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 49-50)
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 5 no. 5 1990; (p. 34)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Untitled Kate Eltham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 12 April no. 217 2012; (p. 17)

— Review of Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Kids Don't Need More Old Hat Robin Morrow , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 July 1991; (p. 4)

— Review of Hector and Maggie Janet McLean 1990 single work picture book ; Magic Beach Alison Lester 1990 single work picture book ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody 1990 single work novel ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield 1990 single work children's fiction ; Jeremy's Tail : A Story Duncan Ball 1990 single work picture book ; Hero Allan Baillie 1990 single work novel ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland 1990 selected work children's fiction ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham 1990 single work picture book ; Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald 1990 single work novel ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein 1990 single work picture book
Four Titles for the Younger Market Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 13 October 1990; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Al Capsella and the Watchdogs Judith Clarke 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Complex Challenges Kathryn Hope , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1990-1991) no. 127 1990; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Nights with Grace Rosie Scott 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew 1990 single work novel
Strange Objects Gary Crew , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 11-12)
Crew indicates the various strands which were important to him in the writing of Strange Objects including the representation of 'the other' and a re-assessing of first contact. Crew describes his work as 'a novel of colonial discourse intended to challenge the reader to examine what has happened in our past ...'.
The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, 1991 Acceptance Speeches : Gary Crew Gary Crew , 1991 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 4 1991; (p. 4-5)
Ideas Behind the Writing of the Creative Nonfiction Novel Strange Objects Gary Crew , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 1 2000;
Finding a Place Emilie Collyer , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 2004; (p. 6-7)
Changing Perspectives : The Implied Reader in Australian Children's Literature 1841-1994 H. M. Saxby , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 26 no. 1 1995; (p. 25-38)
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Settings:
  • Western Australia,
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • 1980s
  • 1620s
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