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DOCUMENTARY MAKER GARRY KERR WITH ONE OF HIS RECENT INTERVIEWEES HENRY (SEAMAN) DAN, FORMER PEARL DIVER AND SINGER SONGWRITER OF ISLAND SONGS.

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Pearl Shell Divers DVD

THE PEARL SHELL DIVERS : AUSTRALIA’S DEADLIEST CATCH
An Oral History on film.
Produced by Garry Kerr.
http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=151_108&products_id=29536

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The story of the Couta boats which evolved to sail to fish for Barracuda off the rugged Victorian coast

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=23823&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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The Huon Pine Story

The Huon Pine Story

The book demonstrates many of the uses and art forms of this great natural resource and helps to forge an understanding of the issues of resource sustainability and environmental management.
A history of harvest and use of a unique timber.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=20807&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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The Last Cape Horners

The last Cape Horners is a journey through time that links two unlikely places, Port Victoria in Australia and the Aland Islands of Finland. There was also scattering of adventurers who could see that this was the last hurrah of the beautiful sailing ship.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=24141&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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The Oldest Living Tasmanian DVD

The true story about a tree that has transformed the lives of generations.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=151_108&products_id=24326

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The Trading Ketches of South Australia DVD

From the mid-1800s, the small trading ketches of South Australia provided the vital links between farmers and producers in the coastal regions and the wider commercial world.

http://www.holisticpage.com.au/TheTradingKetchesOfSouthAustralia_GarryKerr%7C9780957791732

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Trading out of Hobart DVD

Trading out of Hobart – An Oral History on Film
Small sailing craft continued to trade out of Hobart till the late 1950′s.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Trading+out+of+Hobart+&x=11&y=17

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Crayfishing around Tasmania

Fishermen are perhaps the last true hunter gatherers. They live by their wits, their unrelenting hard labor and hard won experience. Their lives are spent in tossing boats out in the open sea. Their hours are not determined by a ticking clock, but by the seasons of the year, the vagaries of the weather and the habits of their prey. Theirs is a life of unbounded independence that many might envy, but few would be prepared to share. Ten very experienced men provide us with a snapshot of what it has been like to be a crayfishing around Tasmania in the last 60 years. Amply illustrated with new and archival footage and photos. Also includes footage aboard the crayfishing boat “Eumeralla” off the west coast of Tasmania.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=crayfishing+around+tasmania&x=19&y=16

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Wooden ships & Stockmen (DVD)

Dodging ships and weathering gale, the small ships were the lifeblood of the islands, bring in the necessities of life and taking away island produce including livestock, dairy produce and mutton birds in season.We hear from the people who were there and did it all. The Stackhouse brothers, Alf and Brian, have raised stock on some of the outer islands for over 60 years. They are the last of their kind. Now in their mid 80′s they are considering giving it up. They plan to remove their stock from the islands. This will be their last muster. These islands will revert to the wild and another colorful chapter will come to an end.

 http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=wooden+ships+and+stockmen&x=14&y=17

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The Oldest Living Tasmanian DVD

The true story about a tree that has transformed the lives of generations. DVD 54 mins.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=151_108&products_id=24326

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Pearl Shell Divers DVD

THE PEARL SHELL DIVERS : AUSTRALIA’S DEADLIEST CATCH
An Oral History on film.
Produced by Garry Kerr.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=151_108&products_id=29536

These guys were crazy!! Having just done a three-day hard-hat course, I am of course an expert on the matter, and clearly recognise the dangers that the early pearl divers faced. But did they know of the dangers! They saw the results of the bends but did they know how to prevent them? Were they so desperate to earn a living that they had to face the unknown ‘terrors of the deep’ – the sharks, huge groupers and giant clams? Garry Kerr’s excellent DVD answers these questions through the candid, fascinating, interviews with some of the men who donned a hard-hat on Thursday Island after the war – after the Japanese, who had dominated the pearling industry prior to the Pacific War, had departed the island. You really warm to these men who clearly did not do it just for the money – it was clearly an exciting, adventurous way of life. What makes this DVD all the more fascinating is the excellent still and movie footage of the divers – being dressed, underwater, raising their ‘catch’ of the eagerly sought Mother of Pearl. To see the equipment and the men using it is, to use the modern generation buzzword in its true context – awesome. Of course I am no expert on standard dress, but what little I know certainly assists in understanding what these men went through. What is particularly incredible, and would normally be missed by the general public viewer, is that these pearl divers did not wear full diving dress; they simply went down in what appears to be their dungarees or overalls, and balanced the heavy copper helmet over their heads just before they slipped off the ladder. Their argument was that if there was any danger, they could simply pop out from under the helmet and head for the surface unaided by surface tenders. They thought that the heavy dress, as worn by the divers at Broome, was cumbersome.  Some later relented, partly anyway, and wore ‘half dress’; where the helmet and breastplate was attached to an upper body suit that was sealed at the waist. This gave them better in-water mobility that the full suit, but it still ‘trapped’ them inside the helmet if anything did go wrong. The pearling industry at Thursday Island lasted not much more than a decade after the end of the Pacific war as plastics outstripped the need for mother of pearl. We must be grateful to Garry Kerr for recording the memories of these most courageous divers now well into their twilight years. Of further interest in the documentary movie is several very interesting extracts of a 1970s government film unit documentary called ‘Pearlers of the Coral Seas’, and the famous Chips Rafferty film ‘King of the Coral Sea’, which, incidentally, gave Rod Taylor his start. The documentary goes for sixty minutes; there is also an addition fifty minutes of interviews. And as a bonus we have the inimitable Frank Zeigler from Professional Diving Services at Portland commenting on health and hazard issues, giving an excellent lucid account of the bends and nitrogen narcosis. A wonderful record for anyone interested in the pearling industry and especially in the latters years of commercial hard-hat diving.

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The Couta Boat DVD

The story of the Couta boats which evolved to sail to fish for Barracuda off the rugged Victorian coast.

In recent years they have made a remarkable comeback as pleasure craft through their rugged simplicity, ease of sailing, versatility, and their direct link with our maritime heritage. Much of their story is told by men who actually built and fished in them in the 1930′s. Includes new and archival footage, some dating from 1915, plus dozens of period photos. 110 mins.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=23823&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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The Last Cape Horners

The last Cape Horners is a journey through time that links two unlikely places, Port Victoria in Australia and the Aland Islands of Finland. There was also scattering of adventurers who could see that this was the last hurrah of the beautiful sailing ship.

Three of these adventurers took movie cameras to record the living and working conditions on board. Some of their unique footage is used in this DVD. Now old men, the Cape Horners of Australia and Finland, happily share their stories. Some speak of the romance of the sea, others shudder at the terrible conditions, but all agree it was an experience that shaped their lives and one they would not have missed for the world. 73 minutes.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=24141&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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Trading out of Hobart DVD

Trading out of Hobart – An Oral History on Film
Small sailing craft continued to trade out of Hobart till the late 1950′s. The lifestyle of the men who sailed these vessels had changed little in generations. It was rough and primitive, but they sailed vessels of unequal practicality and beauty. In this series of interviews the last sailors explain just what life was like aboard during the 1930′s and 40′s. Their memories are illustrated with rare archival footage period photos and colour footage of the area today. Running time 67 minutes plus a 20 minute tour of the “Enterprise” with Scotchie McDougall.

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Trading+out+of+Hobart+&x=11&y=17

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The Huon Pine Story

The Huon Pine Story

The book demonstrates many of the uses and art forms of this great natural resource and helps to forge an understanding of the issues of resource sustainability and environmental management.
A history of harvest and use of a unique timber. This story focuses on the fascinating history of Tasmania’s most important tree – from its early exploitation for boat timber and furniture, to its present day statues as a rare and expensive craft wood . HB 297 Pages

http://www.boatbooks-aust.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=20807&osCsid=ztxjdkicstdh

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The Trading Ketches of South Australia DVD

From the mid-1800s, the small trading ketches of South Australia provided the vital links between farmers and producers in the coastal regions and the wider commercial world.

http://www.holisticpage.com.au/TheTradingKetchesOfSouthAustralia_GarryKerr%7C9780957791732

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