Fishing in Port Jackson, New South Wales – more than met the eye
Contemporary diaries and the water-colours of artists such as the [Port Jackson Painter] vividly tell of Aboriginal life when the First Fleet in 1788 settled its cargo of convicts in Australia. Fishing was important around the waters of Port Jackson, whose Aboriginal inhabitants are recorded to have used the techniques of spear-fishing and angling. Were other methods also used? Fish remains from a shell midden provide an opportunity to investigate.