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Life b'long Ali Drummond : a life in the Torres Strait / Samantha Faulkner with Ali Drummond
Bib ID 3970532
Format BookBook
Faulkner, Samantha
Description Canberra, A.C.T. : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007 
xix, 90 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 9780855755560

To Sam Faulkner, family is important. Ali Drummond is Sam Faulkner's grandfather and this is his story. By any standards Ali Drummond has led an extraordinary life. Orphaned young, Ali took to sea aged fourteen. Originally an apprentice, Ali learned from Japanese divers and became an expert diver for pearl shell, trochus and bêche de mer. Ali's stories of his sometimes perilous life at sea are absorbing and Faulkner has crafted a sympathetic and appealing story. After years on the mainland, cutting cane and roadworking, Ali returned to his beloved Torres Strait. Along the way, he contributed to the community, enjoyed his lawn bowls and provided advice on the marine environment to the Maritime National Authority. Ali's remembrances are complemented by affectionate anecdotes from Ali's children. Now 90, Ali's life as told here, also represents other Torres Strait Islander elders who share these stories. Two themes emerge strongly from this life story: the importance of his wife Carmen and their family, and the desire to be out fishing.


National Library of Australia’s N copy is signed by Samantha Faulkner.

Subjects Drummond, Ali, 1917-  |  Drummond, Ali, 1917- -- Family.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Ethnozoology.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Science.  |  Divers -- Torres Strait -- Biography.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.  |  Lawn bowlers -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands -- Biography.  |  Economic sectors - Trepang.  |  Defence - World War II.  |  Family.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Sugar.  |  Economic sectors - Pearling.  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.  |  Palilug Island / Goods Island (Qld TSI SC54-11)  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld TSI SC54, SC55-05)  |  Waiben / Thursday Island (Qld TSI SC54-11)  |  Mossman (NE Qld SE55-01)
Other authors/contributors Drummond, Ali, 1917-
Terms of Use Copyright Samantha Faulkner & Ali Drummond 2007. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior written permission in writing from the publisher. The Australian Copyright Act 1968 (the Act) allows a maximum of one chapter or 10 per cent of this book, whichever is the greater, to be photocopied by any educational institution for its educational purposes provided that the education institution (or body that administers it) has given a remuneration notice to Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) under the Act. 
Available From Aboriginal Studies Press, GPO Box 553, Canberra ACT 2601 


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