This presentation is about both the boats & ships and the people who built them in the early colonial period; eora, convicts, political prisoners, free settler entrepreneurs and professional boat builders.
Many made fortunes, both through boat building and using their ships for trading, sealing and whaling. Several women played a major role in the industry and established institutions that are still significant today.
It’s also about the boats and ships themselves and their voyages and roles in colonial transport and trade.
It’s just a glimpse into the beginning a craft that has seen over 3,000 vessels built over the last 230 years.