Macquarie Island is ecologically similar to New Zealand’s five subantarctic groups, but it is further west and is Australian territory. The island’s strongest link with New Zealand came with Joseph Hatch’s penguin-oil business between 1890 and 1920. Hatch was an Invercargill druggist and controversial politician, who sent teams of workers to Macquarie Island to capture penguins and boil them down for oil. The barrels in the foreground of this image are oil vats left over from his operations. As can also be seen, penguin numbers have subsequently recovered.
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