Drew Rooke is a freelance journalist and the author of A Witness of Fact: The Peculiar Case of Chief Forensic Pathologist Colin Manock (Scribe, 2022) and One Last Spin: The Power and Peril of the Pokies (Scribe, 2018). He was a finalist in the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers and a 2021 Our Watch Fellow.
A subantarctic sentinel
ReportageIt didn’t take long for this knowledge to spread wider – and for Macquarie Island to become an open-air slaughterhouse. By December 1810, another three Sydney-based sealing gangs were operating there and, within the first eighteen months of operation, roughly 120,000 fur seals had been killed for their fine pelts.