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There were about sixteen Chinese fishermen beach-seining at St Kilda in the mid-nineteenth century. Their importance as fishermen has really only been recognised in the late twentieth century. They were the major group involved in commercial fishing in Port Phillip Bay as well as producing dried fish for the local and export market. The view was first published under the tittle Chinese Fishermen at St kilda inThe Illustrated Australian News.


Published in The Illustrated New Zealand Herald. 1874.


Wood engraving.


163 x 223 mm.


Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was reintroduced and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method.  It also made it possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time.

All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.



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