The pearling disaster, 1899. A memorial.
Brisbane : Outridge Printing, 1899. Octavo, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth (expertly rebacked), pp. 72, photographic plates, two folding maps; internally fine.
On 4 March 1899, Cyclone Mahina made landfall at Cape Melville on Cape York, Far North Queensland, where the pearling fleet was moored. Classified as a Category 5 cyclone, Mahina was the deadliest in Australian recorded history, with 307 fatalities officially confirmed. However, this figure did not include the deaths of an estimated 100 Aboriginal people, whose identities were not recorded at the time.
This privately printed memorial was compiled by ‘the nearest relatives of the late Alfred St. John Outridge and Harold Arthur Outridge’, who were lost aboard the schooner “Sagitta”.
Rare. A single example traced at auction (The Iain Herriot Library, Read’s Rare Bookshop, Brisbane 2011, lot 631, $1280 ‘apparently only 27 copies were printed‘).