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Perth Diary: The Only Female Fisherman

The Perth Diary column for the 1st of March 2009 has been published. Here is a teaser.

Perth Diary: The Only Female Fisherman by Marisa Wikramanayake

It’s five in the morning and it is pitch black outside. Fremantle is quiet, the only noise is the sound of a couple of seagulls squawking. The only light comes from a few street lamps and the lights from the docks on the northern side of the river mouth.

I say goodbye to the cat and leave a note for the flatmate. I manage to manipulate my eight foot long rod through the gates without breaking anything. Raw prawns sit in a plastic bag at the bottom of the bucket I hold in the other hand. I am going fishing in Freo on the South Mole.

I walk down Pakenham Street past the building that housed the first coffee house in Perth and then past the homes of the second and third fire stations. Three cars pass me by, dock workers, port workers going to work. I walk past the oddly named Mrs. Trivett’s Place – the lane that leads upto the cottages next to the Round House. A little bitumen road leads around the limestone cliff that the Round House is built on, Challenger TAFE has a few buildings here and opposite it set against the cliff, old boat sheds have become flats and studios for local artists.

To read more, check out the free online version of The Sunday Leader’s column Perth Diary.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.


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