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Title: Whaling and Sealing in Nineteenth-Century Australia
Contributor(s): Gibbs, Martin  (author)orcid ; Russell, Lynette (author)
Publication Date: 2023
Early Online Version: 2021-02-10
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190095611.013.39
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The colonial industries of whaling and sealing dominated the first decades of nineteenth-century Australia. This article considers the archaeology of these maritime industries, particularly Aboriginal employment and labour. Examining both historical and precontact archaeology, we argue that the involvement of Aboriginal men and women was an extension of traditional hunting and ritual engagements. Whales and seals were sought out for food, rituals and other uses, and their harvesting involved both men and women. Although archaeological research into whaling and sealing in Australia has been relatively limited, it will prove a fruitful and revealing area, promising a nuanced understanding of Indigenous agency and colonial maritime expansion.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Indigenous Australia and New Guinea, p. 1043-1056
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9780190095611
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology)
450101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 210405 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places of significance
280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Editor: Editor(s): Ian J McNiven and Bruno David
Appears in Collections:Book Chapter
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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