Register description: Fish Hooks: of shell, bone and wood
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
CH classification MARITIME TECHNOLOGY Fisheries fishing hook
Mid 19th Century
80 L x 12 W x 25 H mm
Wood, shell, bone, plant fibre
History and use
This trolling lure (Pa kahawai) from New Zealand dates to the mid-19th century. The shimmering surface of the paua shell was intended to help lure the catch.
The fish hook was acquired by Queensland Museum in 1874.