Story: Whaling

Jillett's whaling station

Jillett's whaling station

Cook Strait was an important region for shore whaling because it was on the migratory route of right whales. Just north of the strait, on Kapiti Island, a substantial station operated at Waiorua Beach in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The station is depicted in Walter Bowring’s 1907 watercolour from an original sketch made by J. A. Gilfillan in 1844.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: D-018-012
Watercolour by C. A. Fleming

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Shore-based whaling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/6253/jilletts-whaling-station (accessed 12 November 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006