Free Diving

Author(s): Lorrae Coffin

First Nations Voices

Age range 7 to 10Free Diving is a poignant tribute to the Indigenous men and women who worked in the pearling industry as `free divers' in the late nineteenth century in Western Australia.In a practice known as `blackbirding' (forced unpaid labour), European pearl lugger owners used Indigenous people to dive for pearl shell. With no protective suits, the divers faced threats such as decompression sickness (known as the `bends'), shark attack, or of being swept away by huge tides. At sea for weeks at a time, there was also the risk of the luggers being shipwrecked in cyclones that formed off the coast.The 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.Free Diving is a fictionalised story of a young man lost at sea.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781925360738
  • : Magabala Books
  • : Magabala Books
  • : 0.1
  • : July 2017
  • : 255mm X 255mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lorrae Coffin
  • : Paperback
  • : 917
  • : Bronwyn Houston
  • : 32