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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yindilgal balkanya! There is only one Aboriginal fishing crew left on Stradbroke Island - image courtesy of John Parke