Seascapes of ‘submarine squatters’: commercial dugong fisheries of North Queensland

Russell, Timothy, and Fowler, Madeline (2020) Seascapes of ‘submarine squatters’: commercial dugong fisheries of North Queensland. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 15. pp. 95-116.

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Abstract

Submarine squatting, dugong fishing on the Queensland (Australia) coast during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is a poorly understood livelihood. This study provides a fine-grained interpretation to expand our knowledge of the operation of commercial dugong fisheries through the practices of two commercial dugong fishers, John Lionel Ching and Daniel Dewar, operating in the Newry Island Group. Archaeological surveys of the Newry Island Group and nearby Stewarts Peninsula have highlighted the ephemeral nature of the commercial dugong industry in the seascape today. Despite this ephemeral landscape, contextualising the archival and archaeological research within a seascape framework has enriched our understanding of the daily lives of the commercial dugong fishers. It is important to acknowledge that a seascape approach is rarely applied to non-Indigenous archaeological contexts in Australia. The seascape approach used here has been successful in encompassing Western systems of maritime knowledge.

Item ID: 61310
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-2293
Keywords: archaeology; commercial dugong fisheries; maritime industries; Queensland; seascapes
Copyright Information: © Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2020
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2020 00:10
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430108 Maritime archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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