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Clubbed seals, Campbell Island

Clubbed seals, Campbell Island

This photo of the Norton brothers, Marlborough whalers, with their clubbed seals was taken about 1913, long after the main period of sealing in New Zealand (the first three decades of the 19th century). The scene of mass slaughter was typical of the earlier period. The quarrying of natural resources was a major characteristic of the New Zealand economy in the first century of European settlement.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Norman Judd Collection (PAColl-0391)
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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - First European economies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010