Fraser Island

The world's largest sand island was named after Captain James Fraser who was shipwrecked there in 1836. He died, but his wife survived. She told the story that they were attacked by Aborigines and that the men were killed and she was taken in to slavery. She was rescued by an Irish prisoner who could speak the Aboriginal language and convinced them to let her free. She made money selling her story back in London, the story often changed or was embellished. This picture was from an 1838 illustration of just such an account.

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