Fishing scene with Aboriginal implements

Fishing scene with Aboriginal implements

Port Jackson Painter
Watercolour and ink, 1788 - 1797 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

The scene in the centre of this sheet shows a family paddling a canoe from which protrudes a fish-gigg – a harpoon with a 3- or 4-pronged spear at its end. Smoke rises from a small fire, kept alight on a bed of clay or seaweed in the canoe.

The fish-gigg is drawn in more detail, along with various other implements – a wooden sword, a spear, and a basket containing a fishing line with a hook made from shell.

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