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Chasing the Shoals - yindilgal balkanya! Stage Production

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$10 ticket discount for Weekend Notes readers
The adventures and hilarious true stories of the fishermen of Moreton Bay, including the last remaining Aboriginal fishing crew from North Stradbroke Island.

3pm Saturday 7 November , Redland Performing Arts Centre - Concert Hall


A few years ago Manly based author and film maker John Parke began collecting and writing the histories of the fisherman of Moreton Bay. Incredible stories of strength, endurance, and the misadventures of a tough breed of folk who, not even 40 years ago, were thriving on the shores of Moreton Bay and Wynnum Creek. "The fishermen are great, colourful characters with terrific stories to tell", he says.

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
Chasing the Shoals - image courtesy John Parke


Against the Tide is a beautiful book he wrote capturing the memories and tales of these Queensland heros. Published in 2013, it has generated a lot of interest in the community.

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
Wynnum's once large fishing community used to haul in Queensland's second largest annual catch - image courtesy John Parke


Against the Tide Book Launch was such a successful evening that many more fisherman and their families came out from the woodwork to tell their stories and record their local history.

From all this a new stage production has been produced, by John Chasing the Shoals - Trailer. The show is a community based project. Local musicians have created some fabulous original didge fusion music for it and local photographers have contributed beautiful images of the Island.

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
John Parke filming on North Stradbroke Island - image courtesy John Parke


The characters played by the actors in the show include the son of a Stradbroke Aboriginal fisherman, Patrick, and his friend Jim, an aging non-Aboriginal commercial fisherman. Jim and his wife, May, are leaving their home on the banks of Wynnum Creek, where Jim's family has lived for three generations.

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
Telling and remembering the stories of these colourful fishing heroes is an important part of Moreton Bay's rich history.


Fishing was the tie that bound the communities of Moreton Bay together. It provided more than a livelihood. It was a way of life; a way of life that has largely disappeared. The show captures the rise and fall of the local fishing industry and the impact of its loss.

Just one Aboriginal fishing crew remains on North Stradbroke Island. The Island has a long, rich and proud history based around fishing and the show includes short films recording the stories of the crew. "It has been a privilege to spend time with the crew and to record their culturally vibrant personal stories about their deep connection with their ancestors, the land and the sea," John says.

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
Yindilgal balkanya! There is only one Aboriginal fishing crew left on Stradbroke Island - image courtesy of John Parke


Images of the magnificent beaches of Stradbroke provide a backdrop for the personal stories of the fishers.

The show is presented by Redland Performing Arts Centre in association with John Parke and in partnership with RedArts. They have kindly offered a significant discount to Weekend Notes readers of $10 off the ticket price! Click here to reserve your seat now.

Against the Tide - Trailer

Chasing the Shoals - Fishermen of Moreton Bay, Wynnum and Stradbroke Island
Telling the fishy tales of Moreton Bay - image courtesy John Parke
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Why? Keeping alive the hilarious and courageous histories of the fisherman of Moreton Bay
When: Saturday 7th November - 3pm
Phone: 07 3829 8131
Where: Redland Performing Arts Centre - Concert Hall
Cost: $19.50 - $28 SPECIAL PRICE FOR WN READERS OF $18!
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