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Photograph - Cataraqui Shipwreck Memorial, King Island, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91257

Summary:
This photograph of a memorial on King Island to the victims of the Cataraqui shipwreck, one of Australia's worst civil disasters. The ship Cataraqui, carrying migrants from England bound for Melbourne, went aground here with the loss of 399 lives in August 1845. You can see that by 1887 the memorial has been badly degraded by sea salt. This image is 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 in November 1887. 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.'
Description:
Black and white photograph
Description Of Content:
Cast iron memorial tablet erected on King Island in memory of the 399 lives lost in the Cataraqui shipwreck, one of Australia's worst civil disasters. The ship Cataraqui, carrynig migrants from England bound for Melbourne, went aground here in August 1845. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell during a scientific expedition by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria to the island in November 1887.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 150 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: memorials, natural environment, natural environments, seascapes, shipping, 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, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Migration Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Vessels
Tertiary Classification: shipwreck images
Original Caption: Cast-iron Tablet erected by the residents of Port Phillip 1846, to the memory of the 399 souls who were drowned in the 'Cataraqui'
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: "Cast-iron Tablet erected by the residents of Port Phillip 1846, to the memory of the 399 souls who were drowned in the 'Cataraqui'.".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091257".
Organisations Depicted: Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
Format: Photograph: Black & White; 6 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.

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