The Last Whale – ABC Radio National’s Hindsight

June 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm 2 comments

ABC Radio National turned the story of The Last Whale into a 50 minute radio documentary. It is the 1970s and the last whaling station in the English-speaking world, at Albany, Western Australia, is starting to feel the heat from the Save the Whale campaign.

The program closely follows the book, The Last Whale, with new audio material gathered in Albany by Rod Vervest and Kim Lofts of the VoicePrints project.

The audio includes the meeting for the first time between Kase Van Der Gaag, a former whaling ship master, and Jonny Lewis, the 1977 spokesman for the anti-whaling activists. They got together for the first time in 2007 in Albany and spoke on tape. Emotional stuff.

Also included in the program is Pat/Rose Farrington, a Californian who came to Australia to run the Life Be in It campaign and ended up at the gates to the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, and Canadian Bobbi Hunter (wife of Greenpeace’s first president Bob Hunter).

The Hindsight program also spoke to Mick Stubbs, former first mate of the Cheynes III whale chaser. He’s the first person to appear in the book, The Last Whale, published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

Listen to the program via podcast.

Entry filed under: The Last Whale.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sarah toa  |  June 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    It is a great show Chris. Well done. I’ve just posted about it.

  • 2. Joy Usher  |  January 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Excellent podcast. I was particularly moved by Kase Van Der Gaag’s comments on living with the memories of his role in the whaling industry. Very honest, and very sad. No winners in this industry. Thank the gods we no longer participate in this senseless slaughter.


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