At the Nolan family’s whitebait cannery on the West Coast, whitebait are sorted (top) and then canned. Before the advent of refrigeration, canning was the only effective way to preserve large quantities of whitebait. In its time the Nolan cannery was the largest in the country. It ran from 1928 to 1952.
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Reference: AAQT 6401/A3084 (top); AAQT 6536/A3085 (bottom)
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