The Journey of Tom Thumb II: Bass and Flinders Explore the Illawarra Coast, March 1796
In one short week exploring the coast south of Botany Bay, Matthew Flinders, George Bass and their servant-boy William Martin had a series of adventures. Setting out to locate a river Henry Hacking had described, they sailed too fast and too far south; their boat was dumped by the surf on the beach at Towradgi; at Lake Illawarra's entrance they cut hair and trimmed the beards of the friendly Aboriginal people, but ended up fleeing in fear of their lives when a group of men jumped into the boat; a summer storm nearly wrecked their tiny vessel beneath the cliffs of the Royal National Park before they found shelter at Wattamolla Cove and when they finally 'discovered' the Hacking River they were surrounded by sharks!Christine Hill's series of paintings and sketches illustrating the story of Bass and Flinders' journey tells of three young men having the time of their lives in a strange land, and brings to life the famous story of Tom Thumb II for readers of all ages. She is a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, with a special interest in wooden boats, and knows the locations well--the details are beautifully captured and the images skillfully interwoven with Flinder's own journal entries.Adults and children alike will enjoy this lively new version of the much-loved Australian tale of courage and adventure from the early colonial days of New South Wales.
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