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Was one of your ancestors a whaler?

Whaling – along with wool production – was one of the first primary industries after the establishment of New South Wales. The establishment of the colony coincided with the European expansion of deep-sea whaling into the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The Library holds a significant collection of material related to whaling that could assist you with researching your whaling ancestor. 

Sources include whalers logbooks , photographs and pictures of whaling and whaling stations, records of shipping movements, NSW Colonial Secretary’s papers and indexes and books on whaling and trading ships working the Pacific.

The Library's research guides provide lists of  books, pictures, maps, documents, newspapers and online tools and resources to help with your family history research.

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