Story: Whaling

Fyffe House

Fyffe House

The foundations of this dwelling are made of whalebone. Originally a two-roomed cottage, it was built in 1842 as part of the Waiopuka whaling station at Kaikōura, established by Alexander Robert Fyffe (known as Robert). It housed a cooper – an essential member of the whaling community who made the barrels to hold the oil. The house was extended in the early 1860s by Robert’s cousin, George Fyffe.

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Shore-based whaling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006