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The Pearl King
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Starting out in Torres Strait at 23, he became the dominant figure in Australia's pearl shelling industry, The Pearl King. Then, with a young partner, he built one of the nation's biggest pastoral companies. He ran an oyster business in Moreton Bay that supplied gourmet markets as far away as Perth, and was prominent in Queensland's yachting and horseracing fraternities. Entrepreneurial, generous, with a reputation for straight-shooting, he lived life to the full.
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Introduction XIII# 1 A likely lad 1# 2 The call of the north 13# 3 Off west 28# 4 Tackling the Governor 40# 5 Four successful years 53# 6 A Brisbane base 65# 7 Cultivation or plunder? 78# 8 Making pearls, diving deep, another fleet 92# 9 Yachts, opals and oysters 108# 10 Around the world 122# 11 Jubilee! 134# 12 New ventures 148# 13 New home, new fleets, family and friends 160# 14 Disaster 176# 15 A quick recovery 189# 16 A white Australia 205# 17 Aru 220# 18 Sheep, oysters... 236# 19 No return to Thursday Island 250# 20 Towards a shell cartel 263# 21 War clouds 277# 22 Hard times 291# 23 'Star of the West' 301# 24 Tangalooma! 312# 25 A future for wool 323# 26 'We are like 80,000 sheep...' 334# 27 Fighting to the last 346Epilogue 361Bibliography 365Endnotes 373

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