Free Download Fishing for the Past: Casting nets and lines into Australia’s early colonial history By Julian Pepperell
2018 | 224 Pages | ISBN: 0648043940 | PDF | 14 MB
Within 24 hours of anchoring H.M. Bark Endeavour in what is now Botany Bay, Captain James Cook did something that many other early mariners did around the Australian coast: he went fishing. Fishing for the Past brings together for the first time, text and visual material on the first European fishing forays in Australian waters. It attempts to answer questions about early European explorers and mariners first experiences in the coastal waters. But of course, the coastal waters around the Australian continent were not completely unfished. For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal people had been fishing these waters with spears, hooks, nets and traps, and gathering shellfish from the beaches, rocks and reefs. These activities were of considerable interest to the early mariners and were therefore also recorded in the same journals and diaries.