Back into the old town of Broome this morning and to the Pearl Luggers tour. A fantastic informative talk on the history of pearling in Broome and the history of Broome itself. Sam and Ben were volunteers and were dressed up in some of the divers clothes. Not the actual outer diving suit as this apparently is quite a mission to put on.
The history is fascinating and some what disturbing especially the earlier part involving the aborigines. Many of whom were effectively kidnapped and forced to dive for the pearl shells. At the start it was the shells and the mother of pearl that was being collected. Getting a pearl was a rarity and an added bonus. A few of the things the mother if pearl was used for were buttons, cutlery handles and decorative inlay.
It wasn’t until they learned about culturing pearls in the late 1950s that the actual pearl was the target of the farming.
After lunch and the obligatory mango smoothie we went to Riddell Beach.
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