Three whaling station sites on the west coast of South Australia - Fowlers Bay, Sleaford Bay and Streaky Bay

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    Abstract

    Historical documentary and/or archaeological evidence of a number of whaling stations on the South Australian coast and off-shore islands has been previously recorded. One of the problems with some of this work has been the failure to recognise that shore-based whaling activity in South Australia before 1850 consisted of two quite distinct types. The first type were those based in and associated with the official settlement of South Australia. The second, and far less well known or documented, type were the activities of some, apparently mainly, Hobart-based whalers in a number of whaling stations on the far west coast of South Australia. This paper discusses the results of recent historical research and archaeological survey work on the Hobart-based whaling stations at Fowlers Bay, Streaky Bay and Sleaford Bay, the last of which was probably first a Hobart-based and then later one of the Adelaide-based whaling stations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Archaeology of Whaling in Southern Australia and New Zealand
    EditorsSusan Lawrence, Mark Staniforth
    Place of PublicationGundaroo, NSW
    PublisherBrolga Press for the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
    Pages57-63
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)1875495223
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    Publication series

    NameThe Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Special Publication
    Number10

    Keywords

    • Whaling stations
    • South Australia -- History -- 19th century
    • Fowlers Bay
    • Streaky Bay
    • Sleaford Bay
    • Archaeological surveys
    • Tasmania -- History -- 19th century

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    Staniforth, M. (1998). Three whaling station sites on the west coast of South Australia - Fowlers Bay, Sleaford Bay and Streaky Bay. In S. Lawrence, & M. Staniforth (Eds.), The Archaeology of Whaling in Southern Australia and New Zealand (pp. 57-63 ). (The Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Special Publication; No. 10). Brolga Press for the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology.