The Catch Exhibition

When 20 Jan, 2020 2:05pm — 14 Jun, 2020 5:00pm Where National Library of Australia, Parkes Pl W, Canberra
People have been fishing Australian waters for tens of thousands of years. Those catches are part of a bigger story, laying bare generations of eating habits and material culture. 'The Catch' reveals the diversity of fishing practices across the years, documenting the natural bounty of Australia’s fisheries as well as some of the challenges of managing them sustainably.

Drawing on material from the National Library’s collections, this exhibition travels through time, examining fishing techniques from diverse communities. Long before the latest fishing fads, the Eora fisherwomen used fibres from young trees, wrapped around their fingers, as handlines, with hooks carved from abalone shells.

In this snapshot of how and why we fish, learn how fishing helped families survive the Great Depression, see the 1930s posters that spawned a new tourism industry and understand why fishing hooks us in and keeps us coming back.

Open 9am-5pm daily (closed Good Friday)
For more information about this event, call 02 6262 1122

How to get there

Parkes Pl W, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia