Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
... with the Tasman Sea rolling across south reef and into the bulwark-like cliffs of South Head.
It was drawn in 1770 by Tupaia, a Polynesian who was onboard Cook's "Endeavour" when it sailed into Botany Bay. The sketch depicts one of the men spear fishing from his canoe. The sketch was drawn along the southern shore of Botany Bay.
"Details in his painting show the wooden spacers and tied ends of the typical bark canoes used at that time in what is now the Sydney coastal area." (Tupaia's Sketchbook / K.V Smith)
Above is a sketch from an unknown artist depicting an Eora woman and her child in a canoe. (Start 'em young, I say)
"In August 1788, 67 canoes, carrying 94 men, 34 women and nine children, were counted around the (Sydney) harbour, despite the fact that it was the season in which they make their new Canoes, and large parties were known to be in the woods for this purpose'.(An Historical Journal - John Hunter,1793).
Conclusion: paddle craft were here first, maaaaaaaaate.