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  Beneath these waves ....
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  • Beneath these waves .... - Margaret River
      Beneath these waves ....
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  • Reading Grace's story - Margaret River
      Reading Grace's story
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No fewer than 80 ships have been wrecked on the treacherous rocks and reefs of the south-west capes of Western Australia, most with much loss of life but a bronze plaque on a stone marker overlooking Calgardup Bay just a few kilometres south of the mouth of the Margaret River tells a different story. Thanks to the heroic efforts of 16-year-old Grace Bussell, daughter of a local landowner, and Sam Isaacs, an aboriginal stockman who worked for her father, more than 50 passengers and crew were rescued when a sail-steamer, the Georgette, foundered on the rocks here on December 1st, 1876.

A lookout point overlooks the rocks (now named Isaac Rocks in honour of one of the rescuers)where the wreck lies, where, as well as the bronze marker erected to mark the 100th anniversary of the rescue, you'll find information boards telling of both the wreck and another adventure involving the Georgette when she was used to chase an escaping band of Irish Fenian convicts - an extraordinary tale in itself.

Directions: Follow Redgate Road (off Caves Road) right to the end to reach the lookout.

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2008
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