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Kelly and Lucas' Grass Point Station

The site was a shore based whaling station run by James Kelly and Thomas Lucas, two Hobart entrepreneurs and leaders in the whaling industry. It was part of a flourishing right whale fishery in and around Adventure Bay, where three other stations also operated. The Grass Point station was in operation by 1829 and continued to be used on a seasonal basis until at least 1841. It is one of at least five stations around Tasmania owned or managed by James Kelly between 1824 and 1854.

In an 1829 application for a 3 acre allotment, Kelly proposed to erect 'a works and necessary dwelling house of thirty feet front and fit for carrying on the whale fishing'. For 12 years the station was occupied over the winter months by approximately 30 men. By 1841, Kelly's growing financial problems and declining whale numbers brought about the closure of the station. 

Susan Lawrence

James Kelly
(Archives Office of Tasmania)

Bruny Island Excavations : 1997 Excavations, 26th November - 20th December

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