Something odd is circling our planet. It's small, perhaps only ft long, and rotates once every minute or so. Amateur astronomer Bill Yeung first spotted the 16th magnitude speck of light on Sept. He named it JE3.
Story outline[ edit ] Strange Objects is set in and around Geraldton in Western Australia and is based on the shipwreck of the Dutch vessel the Batavia. Using the framing device of a collection of papers made by a missing boy, Steven Messenger, it is a mystery story that explores the construction of history.
When Steven discovers relics from the wreck of the Batavia while on a school camp, a diary and a mummified hand with a gold ring on it, the two inside an iron pothe investigates the media frenzy surrounding them, and in particular the stories of two murderers, Wouter Loos and Jan Pelgrom, from the doomed ship who are banished to what they think is a deserted island for committing crimes of mutiny.
The book parallels characters from the past and present in an exploration of human nature, and the presentation of self through the written word. Steven Messenger has several psychotic episodes and eventually kills Charlie Sunrise and a lizard in Strange Objects.
This event caused a revival of interest in Australian history, particularly in the "discovery" of the land.
The bicentenary celebrated the landing of the " First Fleet " inand the beginning of permanent European settlement in Australia.
James Cook charted the east coast of Australia inhowever there were a number of sightings and landings prior to this.
In Strange Objects, Gary Crew takes the premise that survivors from the Batavia, made it to the mainland, and lived with the Aboriginal people of the area. This actually happened, with European settlers noticing that the aboriginals had fair hair and more complex bush huts, which resembled their houses.
This was of great interest to scientists. Historical basis[ edit ] The Bataviathe ship they were on, sunk in with people on board and the Tyrall earlier in Two hundred and fifty made it ashore, on a tiny desolate sand bank known as Beacon island.
The commander Francisco Pelsaert took a long boat with 48 person and sailed to Java to get help, leaving the rest to wait. The man who took charge was Jeronimus Cornelisz. Heretic and psychopath, he instantly rallied up a council and took charge.
To maximize his control over the survivors, he left groups of soldiers on nearby islands to look for water and told them to leave their guns. When the soldiers found a water reservoirs on hospitable island West Wallabi Island they signalled to the rest with smoke.
However, when no reply came, they became instantly suspicious. Jeronimus and his men had killed over people, with another 40 escaping to West Wallabi Island.
The commander and the rescue team came, and executed most of the mutineers. Two of the mutineers were set adrift with little food and water. They came ashore on the West Australian Coastline Themes[ edit ] Strange Objects in part examines the place of Aboriginal people, in both historical and in contemporary contexts.
The contemporary context is a poor one. The Aboriginal people live in a reserve which is tattered and ruined. They largely shun contact with white society, who refer to them by the derogatory term "Abos".Home Essays The Rabbits essay by John The Rabbits essay by John Marsden and Shaun Tan including several books written by Gary Crew.
Tan and Crew worked together on a book called Memorial, a story about a tree planted beside a war memorial monument, in a small country town by returned servicemen.
Years on, the tree has grown to be huge. Cat on the Island Written by Gary Crew Illustrated by Gillian Warden TEACHING NOTES Prepared by Christy Fulcher & Suzie Hicks.
Gary Crew, Shaun Tan In the world marked the th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Internationally acclaimed author, Gary Crew, and multi-award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan have created a powerful picture book to help us all remember. In the novel 'Strange Objects' by Gary Crew, many questions are asked but few are answered. One of the questions raised in the novel concerns the mental state of the central character, Steven Messenger. Steven's behaviour throughout the novel gives reason to believe that he suffers from a s. Year 9 Unit: Strange Objects by Gary Crew Rich Assessment Task 2: Textual Analysis Essay Task: Students are to write an essay exploring how the construction of the novel has contributed to their understanding of one of its themes.
Cat on the Island young adult novels Strange Objects () and Angel’s Gate (), and picture books The Watertower () and Memorial (). Crew (First Light) weaves a disquieting tale set in an Australian outback town, where a rusted old watertower seems to be inhabited by a malevolent alien presence.
Strange Objects. By Gary Crew. Grades. After discovering valuable relics from a seventeenth-century shipwreck, a sixteen-year-old Australian disappears under mysterious circumstances. After discovering valuable relics from a seventeenth-century shipwreck, a sixteen-year-old Australian disappears under mysterious circumstances.
Strange Objects Plot Outline Plot: Reading the text will make these notes make so much more sense!!
Steven Messenger finds a mummified hand inside a large pot which he names the ‘cannibal pot’, inside this pot is also a leather journal. The Linked Data Service provides access to commonly found standards and vocabularies promulgated by the Library of Congress.
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