The Governor's fishing boat meets the natives

Lieutenant Bradley: ‘The Governor’s fishing boat met a great number of the natives in the lower part of the Harbour as they were hauling the Sein (fishing net). The people gave fish to all the natives, but they were not satisfied with that. They closed upon the people employed in the boat, and took what they pleased, their musquet happening to be left in the boat.’ One of the women made a fishing hook from the inside of what is commonly called the Pearl Oyster shell, by rubbing it down on the rocks until thin enough and then cut it circular with another, shaped the hook with a sharp point, rather bent in and not bearded or barbed''. (Cobley, pp. 98, 183)

  • The Governor attempting to return to his boat after spearing by William Bradley