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Last Match

Last Match.

by Paul Mason, illustrations by Alex Cara

In 1866, the General Grant was sailing from Australia to London when it was shipwrecked on the one of the Subantarctic Islands. Of the eighty-three people on board, only fifteen made it ashore. A survivor later wrote about how the castaways only had six matches, with five "squandered". The lighting of the last match was a critical moment in their survival.

Series: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

Learning area: English, The Arts

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: Auckland Islands, castaway, characterisation, drama, fortitude, freeze frame, General Grant, group dynamics, history, leadership, play, process drama, resilience, shipwreck, survival

In: School Journal Level 4 May 2020

Publication date: May 2020

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