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The Last Whale

Written by Chris Pash


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It’s the end of the seventies and one young reporter is bearing witness to the final days of Australia’s whaling industry.

Thirty years after the last whale was captured and slaughtered in Australia, Chris Pash tells the very human story of the characters and events that brought whaling to an end.

This fair and balanced account portrays the raw adventure of going to sea, the perils of being a whaler and the ‘crazy, but somehow magical’ commitment that leads activists to throw themselves into the path of an explosive harpoon.

‘Given that whaling seems to be an eternally controversial issue it is a huge compliment to ex-journalist Chris Pash that he has managed to find an objective middle path in this engrossing story of the first Greenpeace campaign in Australia …’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘[Pash] captures the shift in the public mood that made whaling morally unacceptable … Carrying the emotional freight of the story are intriguing characters on both sides, such as the Frenchman known as the Phantom …’ The Age

‘A timely reminder of how far we’ve come since the days of routine slaughter, of how hard conservationists fought to bring it to an end, and how vigilant we must be in making sure that the dark days of whaling are behind us forever.’ Tim Winton

‘… an important contribution to Australian history and to the protection of whales. From a historical perspective, it chronicles the people and events which created Greenpeace in Australia and it also seeks to understand the minds and thinking of those who hunted whales in Australia …’ Steve Shallhorn, former CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Officially endorsed by Greenpeace


Frank Broeze Maritime History Books Award (Shortlist 2009)

ISBN 9781921361326 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 240
Publication Year 2008
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Chris pash

    Chris Pash

    Chris Pash’s book The Last Whale grew from his experiences as a cadet reporter at the Albany Advertiser in WA’s south in the 1970s. He later was a foreign correspondent, bureau chief and editor before falling into the business side of news in the mid 1990s and establishing a successful Asia joint venture company. Between a demanding work schedule and busy home life, he uses social media to promote the writings of WA authors. Read more