Shark caught at Port Chalmers, ca 1900

Photographer: David De Maus

Shark caught at Port Chalmers, ca 1900

Dry plate glass negative

Reference No. 10x8-1669-G

De Maus Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

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  • Adrian Fine 6y

    speared, arrowed and shot?
  • Enric Martinez 6y

    A impressive testimonial on how our relationship with nature changes: In the days this picture was taken sharks where evil incarnate, now we strive to protect them.
    I just hope it's not too late.
  • bladerunner2012 6y

    Instant favorite, it's just so tragic but fascinating at the same time.
  • Steve 6y

    white shark?
  • Liz 6y

    I may have found your shark guys. There is an article in the Otago Witness date 25 December 1901. I realise the year is circa 1900 on the photo but this article is definitely a strong contender

    A large shark has been prowling about the lower harbour for some time past, and up to Tuesday night evaded all efforts of the fishermen to take it. However at nightfall on Tuesday, Mr John Noble, a well known lower harbour fisherman was returning home , he was informed that the monster, some 18 ft long, was in the vicinity of Mr W. Innes's fishery. Mr Noble who has previously taken several sharks in the Port Chalmers waters, at once manned his boat and sent in persuit, succeeding, after a hard contest, in harpooning the creature off the George street wharf. The fish was then towed around to Tunnage's fishery to be hauled up. Here what might have been a very serious accident occurred, for a number of young and old of both sexes desirous of seeing the shark made their way round to Mr Tunnage's fishery and took up a position on the landing-stage designed for the reception of the fish. In all, the unexpected visitors must have been between 30 and 40. The landing stage (only intended to support the weight of the fish) proved unable to support the weight and it sank, taking its occupants into deeper water than they eared to encounter. One young lady, seeing the stage was sinking, very pluckily held on to a wire rope stretched above her head, and succeeded in sustaining herself and two friends. Some few bruises were sustained by some of the young people on the stage, but eventually everyone was landed.
  • National Library NZ on The Commons 6y

    What a terrific story! Thanks for digging it up @madbushfarm.

    I always get really excited when I see people making connections between our photo collections and other collections like the Papers Past newspaper site.

    -- Courtney
  • Pratt2006 4y

    That Shark is not 18' long, believe me, I worked with photo analysis for the Royal Navy.
  • FrigateRN 4y

    What a very interesting old picture, thank you for sharing.
    So how long is it Pratt2006?
  • Myles Green PRO 4y

    Back when men were well, well, you know.
  • FrigateRN 4y

    Look at the expression on that sharks face!
    Howe sad looking is that?
    Almost feel sorry for the monster.
  • HypostasisART 4y

  • Robin SC 2y

    What a terrific shot! This guy was a whopper, and the fellas who caught it were manly men, indeed!
  • tedesco57 PRO 2y

    Great shot - I also like the detective work in identifying the newspaper report - sounds plausible - as often local papers exaggerate during a 'dry season' with little else to report....
  • Joe Supreme 2y

    they forgot to put an apple in its mouth.
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