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Boyd Brothers with fishing nets in row boat ready for a fishing trip. c1920.

Tweed Regional Museum Collection, No: TH66-18

Aboriginal people harvested the abundant resources of the sea for thousands of years before any Europeans came to the Tweed Valley. They have continued this maritime tradition. Aboriginal people and also Pacific Islanders, many of whom lived in the community at Fingal Head, played a key role in the fishing industry. Fish, shellfish, prawns, crabs and other marine resources were an important part of the daily diet and everyone in the family contributed their share.

In the early 1900s the Boyd brothers, Jack, Herb, Fred, Charlie, Bob and George, who grew up in Tweed Heads, were the mainstay of the fishing industry in the Tweed Valley and their fame as net fishermen spread Australia-wide. Their hauls of sea mullet, tailor, kingfish and jewfish over their long careers were legendary, particularly in the years before the Second World War. In just one example, in the 1930s they landed over 1,000 18 kg cases of sea mullet in a single haul from Kirra beach.

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