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An old vellum label attached inscribed in ink ‘Fishing Lines of Natives Cape York Oct 7 1848’
Sizes: hook: 1.5cm dia - ½ ins dia. / barb: 12cm long – 4¾ ins long
cf: Brough-Symth illustration Fig 229, illustrated page 21, of ‘Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands’, by D.Blau and K.Maaz
Queen Victoria appointed Brierly her official maritime painter in 1874 and in 1881 he became curator of the Painted Hall at Greenwich. He was knighted in 1886 and died in December 1894. Throughout his life he kept meticulous notes and journals, and made innumerable sketches and paintings, which are now kept in the Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia.
Australian aboriginal fishhooks are very seldom found as the old types made of natural materials were quickly replaced by European metal hooks for which they traded. By 1898 most of the Kaurareg’s traditional way of life had disappeared under the rapid expansion of pearling activities and the establishment of London Missionary Society stations from 1871 onwards.