Please God Send Me a Wreck

Responses to Shipwreck in a 19th Century Australian Community

  • Brad Duncan
  • Martin Gibbs

Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 1-5
  3. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 7-33
  4. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 35-58
  5. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 59-84
  6. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 85-104
  7. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 105-140
  8. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 141-170
  9. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 171-198
  10. Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs
    Pages 199-213
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 215-243

About this book


This book explores the historical and archaeological evidence of the relationships between a coastal community and the shipwrecks that have occurred along the southern Australian shoreline over the last 160 years. It moves beyond a focus on shipwrecks as events and shows the short and long term economic, social and symbolic significance of wrecks and strandings to the people on the shoreline. This volume draws on extensive oral histories, documentary and archaeological research to examine the tensions within the community, negotiating its way between its roles as shipwreck saviours and salvors.


coastal communities community response disaster response heritage management historical archaeology maritime archaeology shipwrecks shoreline treasure hunters

Authors and affiliations

  • Brad Duncan
    • 1
  • Martin Gibbs
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2641-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2642-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-6783
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-6791
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