Russell River Fishing. Cairns

An eel trap made from split lengths of vine (cane). Meat is placed into the closed end as bait and the eels get caught inside, unable to swim backwards and held also by the flow of the stream. Cedar Creek, North Queensland, circa 1900.

Fishing net made from fibre string fixed between two pieces of vine, which opens out like a scoop. Tully River.
Photograph from 17 Years Wandering Among the Aboriginals

People pushing a line of vegetation through the water to catch small fish, on a plain near Milingimbi in central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
Photograph by Harold and Ella Shepherdson,
Northern Territory Archives Services.

aboriginal fishing

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