Did you catch Tiny Oz last night on ABC TV + iview?
Broome local Lachie Fraser's miniature creation is now on display at the The University of Notre Dame Australia Broome Campus. You will find this intricate display situated adjacent to the library gallery where the Painting the Future, Gifts from Country collection hangs.
The university hope the model display will increase visitation to the campus and will be encouraging school groups to visit and potentially host events with local historians. The librarian has also prepared a display of history books that may be of interest to visitors.
The library is open Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm.
The library is building NDB8. Map Ref 3G.
Enquiries for viewing the display
Address: 88 Guy Street, Broome, WA 6725
Phone: 08 9192 0600
To catch up on the episode that features many locals, places and the history of Broome's pearling industry here.
About Tiny Oz
Comedian Jimmy Rees and tiny craft artist JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick unite with the extraordinary crafts people of Australia to re-create remarkable moments from our nation's history, in glorious miniature.
Watch new episodes of the show Tuesdays 8.30pm on ABC iview and ABC TV.
Who features in the Broome episode?
Respected Yawuru Elder Jimmy Edgar and Yawuru Cultural guide Bart Pigram, of Narlijia Experiences, also provide commentary about the harsh reality and impact of the early pearling days on First Nations people. Dr Elaine Rabbitt and the Broome Historical Museum also make an appearance as Lachie researches for the project.
Pearl Diver Ahmat Bin Fadal talks of his arrival in Broome in 1962 and his memories of working as a pearl diver.
Agunya Workshop also help with the fabrication. Glenn Waters assisted with the creation of the model.
Archivist Helen Martin from Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre talks about the first female religious order to serve in the Kimberley region and the nursing provided by the Sisters at the Japanese Hospital.
As Lachie says in the show, declaring his love of Broome...
"The town owes me nothing, but owns me totally".
Tiny Oz has allowed a new audience to appreciate the importance of our region's arts, culture and history. It allows viewers to step back in time, understand the past and appreciate those who devoted their lives to the pearling industry, and many who continue to dedicate their lives to the preservation, education and sharing of these important stories.
Be sure to add a visit to see this display at Notre Dame University Library or engage in a pearling tour or cultural tour that explores our pearling history to your 'must do' list when you visit Broome.