Port Arthur talk will highlight shore-based whaling

January 9, 2007


A talk on the history and archaeology of Tasmanian shore-based whaling will be outlined by maritime archaeologist Mike Nash at Port Arthur in an evening talk at Port Arthur this month.

The whaling industry was a significant part of the Tasmanian colonial economy.

During the 1820s-1840s a large number of shore-based whaling stations were established at locations around the southern and eastern parts of the State.

A project to survey and excavate some of these stations has been running since the 1990s as part of a collaborative research project known as the ‘Archaeology of Whaling in Australia and New Zealand’.

The results of this historical and archaeological work will be presented, and examined in the light of the broader Australian colonial industry.

Mike Nash is a maritime archaeologist with the State Government, and is responsible for the administration of the State’s historic shipwreck legislation and the management of a wide range of historic sites run by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

He has been involved in a number of archaeological projects throughout Australia and overseas and also been involved with a number of heritage interpretation projects including museum displays, heritage trails, and websites.

Mike is currently the vice-president of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, and a Board Member for the restoration of the May Queen historic vessel.

His talk will be presented at the Junior Medical Officer’s conference room, Port Arthur Historic Site, 5.30 pm on Wednesday 24 January, 2007.