Story: Subantarctic islands

Angel on cross from Campbell Island

Angel on cross from Campbell Island

This cross was put up in 1906 at Tucker Cove, Campbell Island, by a farmhand. It records the graves of three men who died sealing on Campbell Island in the early 19th century. Their bodies had been disturbed by elephant seals and were discovered by the farm worker in 1902. He erected the cross with its copper angel four years later. Campbell Island was not a major site for sealing, but – like all the subantarctic islands – it did attract some men in pursuit of fur seals.

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Jock Phillips, 'Subantarctic islands - Early human settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

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