Fishing Industry at Hastings
Sebastiano Mirabella was born in Sicily in 1859. He came to Melbourne in 1880 and was a fisherman at Hastings until his death in 1946. The Mirabella family were well known fishermen in Hastings.
The life of the fishermen was not an easy one. They would usually be up all night following the tide, and packing their catch as they went along. In storms they would shelter under a sail on the bottom of the boat. They would go out to sea on Monday and not return until Thursday, sleeping on the boat.
The fishing industry was one of the earliest industries established in the Hastings area, with fishermen settling there in the 1840s and early 1850s.
The Hastings Jetty was built in 1864 and was the focal point of fishing activities. Fishing continued as a major local industry in Western Port until the 1960s. As industrial development grew, commercial fishing declined, and now only recreational fishermen continue to fish in the bay.