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At the end of the 1970s, one young reporter bears witness to the final days of Australia’s whaling industry. Thirty years after the last whale was captured and slaughtered in Australia, this incisive account tells the very human story of the characters and events that brought whaling to an end. This fair and balanced account portrays the raw adventure of going to sea, the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Fremantle Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nov 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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It’s the end of the seventies and one young reporter is bearing witness to the final days of Australia’s whaling industry.

Thirty years after the last whale was captured and slaughtered in Australia, Chris Pash, tells the very human story of the characters and events that brought whaling to an end.

This fair and balanced account portrays the raw adventure of going to sea, the perils of being a whaler and the ‘crazy, but somehow magical’ commitment that leads activists to throw themselves into th
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Laura
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It never fails that when my five year-old borrows a book from his school’s library it’s about whales or dolphins. Feeding the belugas and watching the orcas at Canada’s Marineland was the highlight of our family vacation. So when I had the opportunity to review The Last Whale by Chris Pash, I was thrilled.

The minute I began reading it, I had flashbacks of the movie Free Willy 3: The Rescue, where whalers illegally hunted killer whales. The Last Whale, though, is the incredible story of how whali
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Sean Kennedy
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Albany, in the southwest of Western Australia, is one of my favourite places in the world. It has a beautiful coastline that lends itself to sheer romanticism, and the fact that it has a history of whaling no doubt plays into that. It was also the site of the last whaling station in Australia, closed for both financial and societal reasons at the end of the seventies. This book gives quite a balanced view of the people involved in the fight both for and against whaling. The people of Albany took ...more
Robyn Mundy
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
An historical turning point in Australia's whaling industry, chronicled by a local writer who saw the battle play out between conservationists and Albany's staunch whaling community. Well done, Chris Pash. The successful push to stop whaling led to the formalisation of Greenpeace in Australia.
Helene Young
I wish I'd read The Last Whale before we stayed in Albany...
Amanda Curtin
Jun 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Creative non-fiction at its best.
JusMe
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't normally read this genre and I am so glad that I did. I am in awe of the Last Whale, a real eye opener. Reading The Last Whale was a history lesson, I had no idea that we here in Australia at one time hunted whales. These beautiful creatures of the deep how can anyone want to hurt or destroy them.

"Humpback whaling stopped in 1963. The whales had been overfished to the point of near extinction."

"The whale rolled on its side and peered at Jean-Paul. Whatever he saw in those eyes, it convin
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Andrew Thelander
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
A well-crafted and interesting account of the campaign to end whaling in Australia. Pash has gone beyond the stereotypes and looked at the people on both sides - people who it seems with the passing of time now stand united in their admiration of whales. A good reminder that people usually have more in common than they care to admit in the heat of battle!
Helly Dugdale
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I spent many years taken to the Albany whaling station by my Grandparents!!!!! I enjoyed both sides of the story, well presented.
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May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scary and sad but beautiful. A wakeup call.
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Chris Pash's creative nonfiction book, The Last Whale, about the Save the Whale campaign in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in October 2008. He also writes the Cliché of the Week column for the media section of The Australian newspaper. He is currently working on a biogr
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