Kōrero: Whaling

Sperm-oil candles

Sperm-oil candles

Whales were hunted primarily for their oil. Sperm whales were an especially valuable catch because their head cavities held a white spermaceti oil that could be used to make high-quality candles. These burned with a bright light and gave off no odour. Price’s, who made these candles, now held in the Whanganui Museum, were a leading manufacturer of candles in Victorian England.

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Whanganui Regional Museum

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Ship-based whaling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/6244/sperm-oil-candles (accessed 9 February 2023)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006