Whale Hunters of the West
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Whale Hunters of the West
Whaling off Western Australia in the 19th Century
Whale Hunters of the West

by Tim Blue

For half a century in colonial days, West Australians vied with vast sailing fleets from the United States and France in the global hunt for whales. Seas offshore from the southern and western coasts were scoured for right, humpback and sperm whales, for oil to illuminate homes and lubricate machinery.

Over 240 pages, with charts, paintings, drawings and historical and modern photographs, Whale Hunters of the West collects the logbooks, letters and early newspapers from almost 200 years ago to reveal a brutal yet vital trade for early settlers.

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About the Author

Tim Blue has been a print and broadcast journalist for the past forty years in Perth, Sydney and overseas, working with the ABC, commercial radio and television’s Channel Nine and SBS.

His interest in whalers was piqued while finding whalebones during a childhood in Busselton.

Research for Whale Hunters of the West has taken him to northern France, and to the north eastern United States, home of its huge whaling fleet.