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Photograph - Bertie's Hut, Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria Scientific Expedition to King Island, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91207

One of thirty-two black and white photographs in an album 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. The report by 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.' 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.
Pictured here is the hut known as Berties Camp. The report describes the relief of such shelter during a long day of investigations. "Tired and soaked through to the skin, we had yet some eight miles to go before reaching our camping-ground for the night, and for half this distance our track lay along heavy loose sand. It was with thankful feelings that we reached a hut known as Bertie's camp, and pitching our tent, made a large fire, and despite weather and the fact that we had to sleep on ti-tree poles or 'long feathers', as they were called in camp, passed a most enjoyable evening and night."
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, November 1887. The seven men are standing in front of a hut near the Sea Elephant River on the east coast. The hut, which is set in thick fern bush, was possibly a wallaby hunter's campsite [a dead wallaby is hanging from a rail in front of the hut]. Several of the men are holding rifles.To the left of the hut are two horses. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell, ornithologist and photographer.
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, camping, dogs, domestic animals, horses, hunting, natural environment, natural environments, natural history, rifles
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, Arms Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Bush Excursions
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: Sea Elephant River Camp - East Coast
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: " Sea Elephant River Camp - East Coast".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091207".
Organisations Depicted: Sea Elephant River, King Island; 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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