When the Land Meets the Sea

Please God Send Me a Wreck

Responses to Shipwreck in a 19th Century Australian Community

Authors: Duncan, Brad, Gibbs, Martin

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  • Draws on extensive oral histories and documentary research
  • Discusses the connection between wrecks and nearby coastal communities, an overlooked field of archaeology
  • Examines over 90 shipwrecks and their effect on the coastal town of Queenscliff
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This book explores the historical and archaeological evidence of the relationships between a coastal community and the shipwrecks that have occurred along the southern Australian shoreline over the last 160 years. It moves beyond a focus on shipwrecks as events and shows the short and long term economic, social and symbolic significance of wrecks and strandings to the people on the shoreline. This volume draws on extensive oral histories, documentary and archaeological research to examine the tensions within the community, negotiating its way between its roles as shipwreck saviours and salvors.

About the authors

Dr. Brad Duncan is the State Maritime Archaeologist responsible for the Maritime Heritage Program at NSW Heritage Branch, Parramatta Australia. He specialises in maritime cultural landscapes, historic maritime infrastructure studies, and fishing and defence landscapes. His current research projects include regional interpretation of the maritime cultural landscapes of coastal and inland waterways, the archaeology of shipbreaking and adaptive reuse of hulks, deep water wrecks, WWII sites in the Solomon Islands, and remote sensing of convict sites on Norfolk Island.

Dr. Martin Gibbs is Professor of Australian Archaeology at the University of New England, Australia. His maritime interests include the archaeology of maritime industries, cultural aspects of shipwreck site formation, shipwreck survivors, and the processes of maritime colonisation. Current research projects include the archaeology of the 16th century Spanish explorations and failed colonies of the Solomon Islands and studies of the convict system in Australia. He is also the author of ‘The Shore whalers of Western Australia: Historical Archaeology of a Maritime Frontier’ (University of Sydney Press, 2010).

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“Useful for anyone who identifies with the younger generation of maritime archaeologists, this volume simply refutes the atheoretical stance that largely permeated the discipline in the past. … This book remains useful for thinking about how shipping mishaps affected people and what these events meant in short- and long-term perspectives. This text ultimately demonstrates that the concept of shipping mishaps deserves continued archaeological attention.” (Madeline Fowler, Journal of Anthropological Research, Vol. 73 (3), 2017)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Please God Send Me a Wreck
Book Subtitle
Responses to Shipwreck in a 19th Century Australian Community
Authors
Series Title
When the Land Meets the Sea
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-2642-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-2642-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-2641-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-6627-1
Series ISSN
1869-6783
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
Number of Illustrations
45 b/w illustrations, 63 illustrations in colour
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