Photograph, Oyster Fleet; Unknown Photographer; 1895; BL.P488

Name/Title

Photograph, Oyster Fleet

About this object

This is a photograph of a fleet of oystering ships taken from the town wharf at Bluff around 1895.

Oystering has been economically important in the region since the 1860s, where it began commercially in the shallow waters around Rakiura (Stewart Island). The shallow beds were decimated quickly and the focus of the industry moved towards Bluff in 1879 when deeper-water oyster beds were found in the Foveaux Strait.

Since the beginning of oystering in the area, there was always a race to get the first catch back to shore and this practice continues to this day; some vessels now being met by helicopters for the swiftest delivery possible.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Bluff

Maker

Unknown Photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1895

Inscription and Marks

On reverse, handwritten in pen at top 'BLUFF OYSTER FLEET', then 'TAKEN AT BLUFF ABOUT 1895'
Beneath h/w in pencil 'Taken from Town Wharf.' and 'P453'
H/w in pencil at bottom L corner 'P488'

Measurements

h 124 mm x w 170 mm

Period

1890s

Object Type

photographs

Subject and Association Keywords

Fishing

Subject and Association Keywords

Maritime

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper, photographic paper

Object number

BL.P488

Copyright Licence  

Public Domain - No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions No rights reserved - no known copyright restrictions

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Tags
1890s
Fishing
Maritime

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