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Whale harpoon

This is a harpoon used in the New Zealand whaling industry between 1830 and 1840. It is 229.5 cm long and 7.5 cm wide at its widest part, is made from iron and wood and has a rope attached. It was designed to be thrown from a whaleboat.

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Gum scraper

This is a gum scraper used in the New Zealand whaling industry in about 1840. It is made from a semi-circular iron blade and has wooden handles, one of which is bound with string. It is 25 cm high and 17 cm wide.

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Mincing knife

This is a mincing knife used in the New Zealand whaling industry in the mid-1800s. It is made from iron and has two wooden handles. It is 93 centimetres long and 9 centimetres wide.

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Two scrimshaw pieces, c1840 and c1860

These are two pieces of scrimshaw made from sperm whale teeth by unknown artists. Designs have been incised into the teeth and filled in with black and coloured inks. The piece on the right was made in around 1860 and shows a woman in a crinoline - she wears a hat and a patterned coat and dress. She stands on a decorated ...

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Whale oil as a cure for rheumatism, Twofold Bay, early 1900s

This is a black-and-white photograph (12.0 cm x 16.4 cm) taken at Eden, New South Wales, showing the master whaler Charlie Davidson sitting in one of two 'try pots' in the foreground as another whaler, Roy Davidson, pours whale oil over him. Two other whalers, Jack Davidson and Alex ('Allie') Greig, are standing nearby, ...

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'A ship's boat attacking a whale', c1813

This is a hand-coloured aquatint (a print made from an engraving on copper) showing a boat's crew from a British whaling ship about to harpoon a whale. Measuring 18 cm x 22.8 cm, the print appeared in a book entitled 'Foreign field sports, fisheries, sporting anecdotes ...'

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Humpback whale carcass, Tangalooma Whaling Station, c1957 - item 1 of 2

This is a colour photograph showing the carcass of a southern humpback whale ('Megaptera novaengliae') on the wooden slipway of the Tangalooma Whaling Station on Moreton Island in Queensland. The whale is intact with its underside uppermost, showing distinctive colourings and markings, including the ventral grooves. Onlookers, ...

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Twofold Bay whaling, early 20th century

This is a photograph made from a glass plate negative measuring 12.0 cm x 16.5 cm dating from between 1900 and 1922. It shows a whale hunt taking place in Twofold Bay on the south-eastern coast of New South Wales. There is a five-oared whaling boat visible, with the captain, George Davidson, standing aft (at the rear), ...

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Humpback whale carcass, Tangalooma Whaling Station, c1957 - item 2 of 2

This is a colour photograph of several men with long-handled flensing knives removing blubber from a whale's carcass as it lies on the flensing deck of the Tangalooma Whaling Station at Moreton Island in Queensland. The men do not appear to be wearing safety equipment and are dressed in work clothes. Several people look ...