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Photograph - Wallaby Hunter's House, King Island, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91114

One of thirty-two black and white photographs in an album [two are loose] taken by A J Campbell during a Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria expedition to King Island. The album also includes maps of King Island in the inside front cover and back page and numerous newspaper clippings relating to the expedition. One of the newspaper clippings, written by one of the members of the party, documents the mission of the expedition thus: 'It is our intention, before the introduction of numerous foreign plants and animals rendered it impossible to do so, to ascertain as precisely as we could in the short time at our disposal the fauna and flora indigenous to the island.'
Sepia toned photograph on black card with gold edging.
Description Of Content:
Coastal bush scene with a man, woman and two children in front of their timber hut. The woman is holding one of the children in her arms. The house was made from materials salvaged from the wreckage of the ship Loch Leven which went aground on the northern tip of King Island in 1871.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 250 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bush houses, children, families, houses, landscapes, shipwrecks
Themes this item is part of: The Field Naturalist Trip to King Island, 1887, Field Naturalists Exploration to King Island, 1887, Field Naturalists Explorations Party to King Island, 1889, Archibald James Campbell, Naturalist (1853-1929), A.J. Campbell Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Domestic Life
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: The hunter's house, built of the wreck of the "Loch Leven"
Organisations Depicted: Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
Format: Photograph: Sepia; 10 in. x 8 in.
Place & Date Depicted: King Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania, Australia, 1887
Photographer: Archibald Campbell, Australia, 1887
Organiser of Expedition: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Kent Island Group, Bass Strait, Tasmania, Australia, 1887

Information ascertained from newspaper reports of the day preserved with the photograph in the album.


Ashton Grave Posted on 30 Sep 2014 9:20 PM
I believe the woman in this pic is my grandmother Croline Louise Grave pregnant with my father Roland Ashton Grave, born King Island 1887.
Also in the Naturalist's collection of pics is a pic of a "hunter" and a horse reputed to be a Mr Greave (as written on the original). I believe the man to be Harry Grave (not greave) the husband of the pregnant woman just mentioned.
regards, Ashton Grave (born 1949)

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