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Badu Harbour


Size: 120cm x 40cm

Medium: Lino Print

Category: Art Prints / Etchings

$400.00 (Incl GST)

Badu Harbour is always spoken about by its nickname, Pearl Harbour, in reference to its pearling times. This print tells that story.

During these times our forefathers, fathers and uncles worked as pearl divers in sometimes very dangerous conditions.

The Badu Harbour is said to have had no space for anchorage because the number of boats was so high. All of the space was taken.

Our uncles and elders tell stories about so many boats – that crew from one boat would jump to another to catch up and have a yarn with other family members. When the tides started to swing the boats back, the men would jump back onto their home luggers.

Later on and to this day, our elders would yarn about the different sizes and they easily identify the schooners, cutters and also the luggers.

I was one of the lucky ones from my age group, who had the privilege to work on a local lugger called Yancy Taum.  I worked as a young man for three months diving for trochus shells.

Joseph Au