Story: Whaling

Cutting blubber

Cutting blubber

This watercolour by Alfred John Cooper shows whalers hauling the blubber off a beached whale at Mōhaka Beach, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Wairoa. During the 1840s shore-based whaling spread up the east coast of the North and South islands, and continued fitfully in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne until the 1860s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Watercolour by Alfred John Cooper

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Shore-based whaling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/6256/cutting-blubber (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006