Story: Fishing industry

Fish market, Wellington

Fish market, Wellington

Townsend & Paul’s wholesale fish market, pictured here about 1910, acted as a clearing house for the daily catch – in this case it appears to be groper. Fish retailers and hawkers would descend upon the wholesalers when the fishing boats came in. The sign on the back wall reads ‘Caution! You must not stand on the fish-trays. Smoking & spitting strictly prohibited’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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Carl Walrond, 'Fishing industry - A cottage industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006