Local Studies Highlight

Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck

Cover of Same, Grace and the Shipwreck by Michelle Gillespie.

Did you know, within the Local Studies Collection at the Busselton & Dunsborough Libraries, there are Children’s items? One such item, is “Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck.” It is the extraordinary retelling of the SS Georgette shipwreck, off Redgate Beach in Margaret River in 1876, and details the heroism and courage of Aboriginal stockman, Sam Isaacs, and sixteen-year-old Grace Bussell, as they helped rescue the passengers and crew onboard from sure drowning, for which they were awarded medals from the Royal Humane Society for their acts of bravery. This beautifully illustrated, award-winning picture book is available for loan.

There are many items from our Local Studies Collection, such as oral history recordings, that can be borrowed from the Busselton and Dunsborough libraries.  These can be found in the Local Studies section.  Items from the archives, held at Busselton Library, such as books and transcripts, can also be accessed by appointment. You can contact our Local Studies officer via this form to request access to archive material to view at Busselton Library. To learn more about the Local Studies Collection, visit our Local Studies page.