History reveals 1891 Tathra shark attack

BRENDON Wood of Fishermans Paradise was following the BDN’s online coverage of yesterday’s tragic shark attack.

He was particularly interested to note the attack was reportedly the first at Tathra in living memory.

“I was a bit sceptical about the news reports I heard of no previous shark attacks at Tathra and thought I’d have a little look,” Mr Wood said.

He scouted through the National Library of Australia’s online database Trove and uncovered this article from the Bega Standard in 1891 regarding a tiger shark attack at Tathra.

“I find it incredible that the diver in 1891 managed to avoid being eaten and then shook himself off and went back to work in the water.

“Ballsy guy.  

“If you reported every one of these old stories about the size of the sharks caught off the wharf back then I reckon swimming wouldn’t be so popular anymore.

“Please pass my condolences to family and friends of today’s poor victim.”


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