Photo submitted to the Lost Newcastle Facebook page by M. Mckean with the caption: “Marlin tied on to the front of cars and being taken to the ice works, prior to being sent to the Australian Museum. Shoal Bay. Date unknown.  From the archives of Athel D’Obrain, Newcastle University.  I love the guy strapping in his Marlin in the background.  Is there a better fishing photo than this ?”

Interesting comments from other locals:

K. Davey: “I imagine that this might be Athol’s car, since he isn’t in the shot. If it was someone else’s car, the fisherman would surely have been included in the shot.”
P. Hall: “I reckon early 50’s…”
T. Durrance: ” I think Athel landed the 1st black marlin off the bay in 1938 or 39 there is a plaque in Shoal Bay. Then marlin fishing stopped throughout the war yeas and did not really come back until the late 50’s.”
S. Shelley: ” Darks Ice Works on Wharf Road, another memory of Newcastle.  My dad delighted in calling it Dikes Arse Works ( he was wicked).”
T. Durrance: “My grandfather had a room in the ice works for putting in his marlin and other fish caught .Granddad fished the bay throughout the 1950’s & 60’s a foundation member of the Newcastle Port Stephens Game fishing club.”
A. Hodge: “The car is a1939 V8 Mercury”
T. Durrance: “It was how they studied nature back then that Black Marlin would be close to 2yrs old and about 70kg”… ” It wasn’t until the 1970’s that we started the world first tagging program of game fish. I think it is fair to say that most of these smaller marlin would have been eaten as they are pretty good on the plate”

Source: Lost Newcastle Facebook page

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