Mutton Fish: The Surviving Culture of Aboriginal People and Abalone on the South Coast of New South Wales

Author(s): Beryl Cruse


Mutton Fish, or abalone, is a subsistence food - easy to find and harvest, extremely rich in energyand accessible, for as long as the beaches are free and open to all. The coastal environment of the NSW south coast has nurtured its people for thousands of years. Mutton Fish explores this relationship and the effects of the coastal resources being progressively restricted by European competition.


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"[A]n overview of the importance of the mutton fish in indigenous coastal cuisine over the past 20,000 years. The writers use extensive first-person accounts from local Aborigines to provide a sensitive account of the changing nature of coastal Aboriginal life from Wollongong to the Victorian border." --Bruce Elder, "Sydney Morning Herald"

Beryl Cruse, Liddy Stewart, and Sue Norman are working to establish an archive at the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Keeping Place outside Eden.

General Fields

  • : 9780855754822
  • : Aboriginal Studies Press
  • : Aboriginal Studies Press
  • : March 2005
  • : 216mm X 140mm X 8mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Beryl Cruse
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 306.8
  • : 128
  • : b/w photos