He grew up on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait in the ’50s when the Pearling Industry was still in existence.
Torres Strait is a long way from anywhere but itself. It is on the Northern tip of Australia between us and New Guinea.
His Dad was posted with the Bureau of Meteorology, but also was a keen amateur photographer (similar to Peter) and a top cricket player (I have seen Peter run away from those hard, heavy and fast moving balls).
But these sets of photos … if you love boats … you will love these snapshots of an amazing period in Australian history.
The rare thing about these pics is the strong feeling of Peter’s father watching all of this and being as amazed as we are now. Not detached “documentary” style photos at all … perhaps they the best type of photo for getting the feeling of why and how people were doing these things.
The pictures cover daily life among the working boats, the diving gear and working conditions, how people relaxed.
And the BOATS … the BOATS!!!
Looks like everyone’s idea of “Tropical Paradise”.
It documents some of the life on the Missions and also the cooking of a turtle.
Thankyou Peter for making this effort.
Where could we find anything else like this?