Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five
Mary Albertus Bain

This book covers the whole history of the pearling industry in and around Australia from the 19th century beginnings in Torres Strait to the boom days at Broome, known in those days as the Queen City of the North. Particular attention has been paid to the Japanese workers and investors and the Japanese government’s negotiations for fair treatment of their nationals. Broome was a world apart from Australia ­ – wealthy pearlers and socialite wives, oriental night clubs, Asiatic beauties, Sikhs, European buyers, and behind the scenes financial manoeuvres. Two world wars destroyed that world but the whole colourful world is recreated in this detailed and thoroughly researched book.

Hard back with dust jacket and protective cellophane cover.
Dust jacket in very good condition.
Front endpaper has superficial tears as though something glued onto the page has been removed. Book sellers label in bottom right hand corner. Glue from stickers on the first two pages has bled through to the reverse of the pages.  Very small blot on page 317. Otherwise the pages are in very good condition.

380 pages.
Black and white photographs throughout.
165 mm x 238 mm (approx. 6.5 in x 9.5 in)
1982, Artlook books, Perth, Australia


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Additional information

Weight 1.1 kg
Dimensions 32 × 18 × 4 cm