Plundering and poaching: Tasmania’s whaling history

Hobart was the biggest whaling port in the southern hemisphere in the 1800s but now is the launch pad for anti-whaling vessels, like the Sea Shepherd and Ady Gill. Maritime Museum of Tasmania curator Rona Hollingsworth worked with the Collections Australia Network (CAN) to make a video about Tasmania’s rich whaling history. While CAN was visiting Hobart to help galleries, libraries, archives and museums put their collections online, it took the opportunity to look at historical collections from a contemporary perspective.

While watching this three minute YouTube video, think about how stories in the news cycle relate to collections. What messages can be explored in a digital story that compare the past with issues in contemporary society?



Please email Sarah Rhodes with any ideas that CAN and its Partners could collaborate on.

2 Responses to “Plundering and poaching: Tasmania’s whaling history”

  1. David Coombridge Says:

    To Whom it may Concern,

    My name is David Coombridge and I am currently working as a researcher at Greenstone TV. We are a Television production company based in New Zealand.

    We are currently working on a new TV series called ‘HISTORY UNDER THE HAMMER’  which is due to be aired some time in 2012.

    The show follows various auction items that have special significance to New Zealand and its history.
    One of the items we are following is piece of Scrimshaw from a whaling ship many years ago.

    One thing that I am trying to find for this TV show is some historic pictures of whaling ships.

    I am wondering if you would be able to help me:

    Obtain photos of this nature.
    Kindly helping me to gain correct permission for the photos.

    This show will also only be aired in New Zealand sometime in 2012.

    Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,
    David Coombridge

  2. Lindsay Alexander Says:

    Hello David,
    Photos of whaleships identifiable as taken at New Zealand are very few.
    The Russell Museum, Russell has one, of three American whaleships off Russell in 1887. Contact Russell Museum -curator@russellmuseum.org.nz
    (I am not affiliated with the Museum).

    There are a couple of photos of the New Zealand whaleship the ‘Splendid’ (ex American whaleship). taken at Port Chalmers and off Half Moon Bay Stewart Island. These may be owned and archived in Australia.

    You may be aware of the above photos already
    Lindsay Alexander,
    Russell.

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