The Sealers is a work of fiction I wrote in the early 1980s. Historical events and persons are mentioned, but these are of minor significance to the story and are used only to lend authenticity. Certainly the island of MacQuarie was discovered - as far as modern Australia is concerned - during the governorship of the man after whom it is named. Certainly the sealers slaughtered the island's wildlife. Just as certainly, sealing gangs contributed heavily towards the extermination of Tasmania's Aboriginals. But the MacCullochs, Stark, Moodie, and their ships, their families, and their employees are all figments of the author's imagination.