Artist/s Joseph Au
Size 120cm x 40cm
Medium Lino print on paper | Edition of 18
Badu Harbour is always spoken about by its nickname, Pearl Harbour, in reference to its pearling times and this print tells that story.
During these times our forefathers, fathers and uncles worked as pearl divers in sometimes very dangerous conditions.
The Badu Harbour is said to have had no space for anchorage, the number of boats was so high; all the space was taken.
Our uncles and elders tell stories about so many boats; crew from one boat would jump to another to catch up and have a yarn with other family members. When the tides started to swing the boats back, the men would jump back onto their home luggers.
Later on and to this day, our elders would yarn about the different sizes and how they could easily identify the schooners, cutters and the luggers.
I was one of the lucky ones from my age group, who had the privilege to work on a local lugger called Yancy Taum. I worked as a young man for three months diving for trochus shells.