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Photograph - Camp View, Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria Expedition to King Island, Archibald James Campbell, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91131

One of thirty-two black and white photographs in an album taken by Archibald James Campbell during a Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria expedition to King Island in November 1887. The aim of the expedition was to "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." The party included 26 members of the Field Naturalists including sportsmen, oologists, botanists, conchologists and taxidermists but as they noted in thier report "all were transformed into collectors of anything which might throw light upon the living inhabitants, both animal and plant, of the island." The main camp consisted of 10 tents nestled into a sheltered spot beside Yellow River Creek. The party had little more than two weeks for thier survey and they used the base to venture out and collected specimens. The frenzied collecting is witnessed in this image, while living specimens of possum and bird are held by field naturalists the disarray of the camp reveals drying pelts and sea stars laid out on the ground.
Black and white photograph mounted on off-white card in bound album.
Description Of Content:
Three members of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria in front of one of the campsite tents at Yellow Rock Beach, King Island. One of the men is holding a rifle and another is carrying a pail and a hatchet. Camping utensils on the ground include a billy can, plates and bottles. In the foreground is a camera mounted on a tripod. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell, ornithologist and photographer, during a scientific expedition by the group to the island in November 1887.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 150 mm (Height), 200 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: camp sites, camping, natural environment, natural environments, photographic accessories, tents
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, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Primary Classification: ENVIRONMENTS
Secondary Classification: Images (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: A Head Quarters Camp Tent
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: "A Head Quarters' Camp Tent".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091131".
Organisations Depicted: Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
Format: Photograph: Black & White; 8 in. x 6 in.
Place & Date Depicted: King Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania, Australia, 1887
Photographer: Archibald Campbell, Australia, 1887
Organiser of Expedition: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Australia, 1887

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

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