Image Gallery: Food from the sea: Shellfish Gallery

Among the early historical observations of Aboriginal People around Coastal Sydney there are accounts of shellfish being cooked and eaten, scattered around the huts, but few descriptions of shellfish collecting. However, the few observations that mention the gender of the collector or carrier of the shellfish indicate men as well as women were involved in collecting shellfish in the Sydney region.

Shellfish were collected by hand from rock platforms as well as the sandy and muddy intertidal shorelines of the coast and estuaries. In Botany Bay Captain Cook saw people were in canoes collecting shellfish by hand from the sand and mud banks in shallow waters.