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Photograph - Wallaby Hunter's House, King Island, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91183

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.'
Black and white photograph on off-white card in bound album.
Description Of Content:
A wallaby hunter and his family in front of their dwelling on King Island. The woman is holding one of the two children in her arms. The house is made from materials salvaged from the wreckage of the ship Loch Leven which went aground on the northern tip of King Island in 1871. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell during a Field Naturalists Club of Victoria scientific expedition to King Island in November 1887.
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, ships, shipwrecks, wreckage
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"
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: "The Hunter's House, built of the wreck of the "Loch Leven".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091183".
Organisations Depicted: Loch Leven [Ship]; Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
Format: Photograph: Black & White; 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, Tasmania, Australia, 1887

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


Karin Vallance Posted on 13 Apr 2013 10:04 AM
There is three children in this photo. Is it possible that this is Vallance Hut? David Vallance died March 1886 and is mentioned in the Lighthouse log book.

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