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Photograph - Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria Scientific Expedition to Kent Group Islands, Bass Strait, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91202

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 mounted on off-white card in bound album.
Description Of Content:
Members of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria on a scientific expedition to King Island. The men and their packhorses are on the 'wallaby track'. Situated on the east coast of the island, the track was used by wallaby hunters. The men are setting off from 'Berti', a hunter's old campsite, remains of which are visible. Most of the men are carrying rifles. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell, ornithologist and photographer, 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: bushes, camp sites, camping, hunters, hunting, natural environment, natural history, wallaby skins
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: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Hunting
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: 'On the Wallaby', East Coast Party leaving 'Berti' (a hunter's old camp).
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: " 'On the Wallaby', East Coast Party leaving 'Berti' (a hunter's old camp)".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091202".
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, Tasmania, Australia, 1887

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

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