Seventy kilometres off Australia’s west coast lie a series of barren-looking atolls called the Abrolhos Islands. The seasonal inhabitants of these islands came from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and, like many isolated communities, have developed close links. Working together as a community they have built schools, halls, churches and lifelong friendships. Working together in the crayfishing industry they have faced hardships and tragedy. Yet, when they step onto their boats to go crayfishing, as one fisherman put it, ‘it’s dog-cat-dog’, and a spirit of intense competition reigns. In a series of interviews, portraits and drawings Abrolhos Islands Conversations charts the changes, the characters, the laughter, the pain, and the tall tales of the Islands through the eyes of the fisherman and their families. Photographs. pp. 216 #0415/1019 (Residue of label on prelim.)
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