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Photograph - Shipwreck Memorial to William Dazell Nicholson, King Island, 1887 Image Reg. No: MM 91260

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
Description Of Content:
Marble headstone erected on the foreshore on King Island to the memory of Wm. Dazell Nicholson ,'Tilly' Dale and others who perished near this site in the wreck of the ship British Admiral on 23rd May 1874. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell during a scientific expedition by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria to the island in November 1887. A man, probably a member of the expedition, is taking notes [transcribing the epitaph] near the headstone.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 150 mm (Height), 200 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: ENVIRONMENTS
Secondary Classification: Images (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: Head stone erected to the memory of Wm. Dazell Nicholson who with 'Tilly' Dale & many others perished in the vicinity in the wreck of the 'British Admiral' 23rd May 1874
Inscriptions: Handwritten title in black ink on backing board below the photograph: "Head stone erected to th memory of Wm. Dazell Nicholson who with 'Tilly' Dale & many others perished in the vicinity in the wreck of the 'British Admiral" 23rd May 1874.".
Handwritten MV catalogue reference in black pencil lower right: "MM 091260".
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.


Ray Brown Posted on 14 Feb 2011 12:29 PM
In conjunction with this marble memorial on King Island there is also a memorial stained glass window to the sons of the Hon William Nicholson located in the transept of Christ Church in Acland Street St Kilda. The window is a meorial to Miles Nicholson, who died on 27 April 1874, aged twenty-eight, and his twenty-five year-old brother William Dalzell Nicholson, who drowned in the wreck of the British Admiral 23 May 1874. The window lists the mens names at the bottom and includes a very detailed hand painted depiction of the storm and shipwreck in the lower portion. The window was created by the Melbourne stained glass firm Ferguson & Urie (1853-1899) and the shipwreck picture was most likely painted by the firms senior stained glass artist David Ralph Drape.

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