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Old whaling station, Schouten Island

Date: 1874
Dimensions:
Sight: 148 x 200 mm
Overall: 330 x 381 mm, 5 mm, 0.32 kg
Medium: Ink on paper, mounted
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dr M D Cobcroft
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00032903
Related Place:Schouten Island,

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    Description
    An engraving after John Skinner Prout titled 'Old Whaling Station', showing the whaling station on Schouten Island, Tasmania.
    The whaling season in Tasmania lasted from April through till October with each whaling station employing approximately 30 people. By the time this sketch was made, in 1846, the on shore whaling industry was declining in Tasmania and pelagic whaling and processing was the focus of the industry.
    SignificanceThe Skinner Prout print depicts a whaling station on Schouten Island off Tasmania,sketched by Prout in1 846, and is a rare illustration of an Australian shore whaling station.

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