Perano Collection of Whaling Photographs
Federal Hotel, Picton and whalers

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Collection Perano
Description Former whalers outside their favourite hotel,
Left to right: Wally Tyrrell, Trevor Norton, Ossie Huntley, Cairo Huntly, Gilbert Perano , Bill Reeves

The Hotel Federal, Picton. It was run by Mrs. Hessie Veronica Walding (mother of Joe Walding, Cabinet Minister in the 1972 Kirk Government). She always looked after the whalers and gave them credit when they needed it. She shared the whaler's celebrations and often visited the Fishing Bay Whaling Station. Gil Perano, boss of the station, is second to right.


Original in a box of Perano photographs lent to Don Grady for his book, The Perano Whalers of Cook Strait 1911-1964, published in 1982. This image from a DVD titled "Perano Whaling Photos - 17th Feb. 2014 - John Penney".
Year Range from 1911
Year range to 1964
Object ID 2014.030.0004
Object Name Photograph
People Walding, Joseph (Joe)
Walding, Hessie Veronica
Perano, Gilbert Thomas
Tyrrell, Walter
Norton, Trevor
Huntley, Ossie
Huntly, Cairo
Perano, Gilbert Thomas
Reeves, Bill
Title Federal Hotel, Picton and whalers
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Last modified on: August 29, 2014