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Catherine 'Kate' Fisher (1872-1934)

Catherine ‘Kate’ Fisher (nee Doherty) spent her entire life on Tasmania’s remote west coast. The 4th daughter to Tom and Agnes, she was born at Port Davey.
According to her grandson Harry McDermott, when supplies ran low at Port Davey they lived on watery gruel made from flour, and ‘mutton fish’ (abalone).
Kate married George Fisher, who’d worked as a whaler from age of twelve. Kate and George moved to Macquarie Harbour, and set up the sawmilling settlement at Piccaninny Point. With the arrival of children, George traded whaling for pining, working the area covered by Lake Burbury, and Teepookana Plateau.

‘The family are all industrious and highly respected, as much at home on the sea as they were on the land, and have seen some of the hardest of experiences of the wild West Coast.’ (Agnes Doherty, nee Braddy, speaking of Catherine’s family at Piccaninny Point.
‘The family are all industrious and highly respected, as much at home on the sea as they were on the land, and have seen some of the hardest of experiences of the wild West Coast.’ (Agnes Doherty, nee Braddy, speaking of Catherine’s family at Piccaninny Point.

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