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Every shipwreck has a story. Most have been forgotten but a select few capture our collective imagination. One of those wrecks that’s been impossible to forget is the 1878 wreck of the Georgette on the south-west coast of Australia. In fact, two Australian authors have recently published a pair of children’s books on the heroic rescue rescue of the Georgette’s passengers by 16-year-old Grace Bussell and  Sam Isaacs, a family farmhand. Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck, by first-time …

Seems fitting to share this post on the first day of winter, when yesterday’s post was all about turning from light to dark, (oops! and back to light again!) the earth’s axis tilting, salvage & shipwreck of sorts.

Borrowed from shipsontheshore.wordpress.com (thanks!), this write up about the sinking of the Georgette and the young girl who saves many on horseback(!!!???) just seems to follow naturally as a pre-Christmas read. “Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck” is available on amazon.com and the “Amazing Grace” will be available soon, but check out it’s preview on google books:
http://books.google.com/books?id=ZMyjI7sCVlgC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

I’m so diggin the illustrations and wish I could post them to my account- go see them- it’s such a great heroic story and it’s from down under- my 2 favorites mixed into one book, or sorry mate, two books!

see my next blog for some amazing aussie opal mining stories.

Ships on the Shore

Every shipwreck has a story. Most have been forgotten but a select few capture our collective imagination. One of those wrecks that’s been impossible to forget is the 1878 wreck of the Georgette on the south-west coast of Australia. In fact, two Australian authors have recently published a pair of children’s books on the heroic rescue rescue of the Georgette‘s passengers by 16-year-old Grace Bussell and  Sam Isaacs, a family farmhand.

 

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck, by first-time author Michelle Gillespie, reflects careful historical research and meticulous attention to detail. As Gillespie told The West: “I had a responsibility to get the events as close as possible to the truth, even down to the name of Grace’s horse.” By every account, Gillespie succeeded — Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck is a resounding success.

 

 

 

Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea, by veteran children’s author Stephanie Owen Reeder

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