Story: Sealing

Map of sealing places

Click on the inset map to see the main areas for sealing in southern Australia and New Zealand. The sealing trade was a trans-Tasman pursuit, with sealers moving in rushes on the basis of a spectacular catch or rumour from Australia’s Bass Strait grounds to the south-west of New Zealand and the subantarctic islands. The large map shows that sealing operations close to mainland New Zealand were in Fiordland or around Foveaux Strait.

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Source: Ian W. G. Smith, The New Zealand sealing industry. Wellington: Dept of Conservation, 2002

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Jock Phillips, 'Sealing - The rise and fall of sealing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006