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Our Cursed Island Home – the Houtman Abrolhos Islands

“Welcome to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, girls. They may be cursed, but for a time they will also be home.” – Sirena, Ocean’s Gift Fractured moonlight on the water was the only sign of the reefs on the surface, part

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The Battle of Cocos

  On 9 November 1914, the first Australian naval battle took place, starting at Direction Island at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. It was the Battle of Cocos, between the HMAS Sydney, the SS Emden and a captured coal vessel, the

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Sirena’s Storm

19 February, 1921. A cyclone approached the Houtman Abrolhos Islands with gale force winds and fierce swell that would demolish jetties and boats alike. Four fishing boats huddled off Rat Island for the night, anchored and chained securely against the

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Columbia Shipwreck – A Mermaid Mystery?

The Columbia was lost at the Abrolhos in a cyclone in 1921. The missing mate presents a mystery, which might be solved by a mermaid. On the weekend of the 19-20 February 1921, a cyclone hit the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. A

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Ocean’s Gift Photographs

Ocean’s Gift is a novel with a fair few words. I wrote the first draft in a little over three weeks, but even words have their limitations. This gallery is pictures of some of the scenes where events in Ocean’s

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