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Historic Photographs
David Oswald
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Historic Photographs Details
A fishwife, most likely from Torry, with a creel on her back, a basket and shopping bag in her hands.

The history of Torry is inseparable from fishing. Like Torry itself the fishing industry and its related activities saw great change over time.

Going to sea to fish was challenging and dangerous, but those left on shore did not have an easy life either. The Torry fishwife in this picture likely had to walk many miles into the centre of Aberdeen and back again every day carrying very heavy loads. Other time would be spent mending nets or curing fish.

The 20th century saw increased industrialisation of fishing.
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