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Photograph - 'Our Cook', Flinders Island, Nov 1893 Image Reg. No: MM 91738

Summary:
Image taken by Archibald James Campell during the Victorian Field Naturalsits expedition to the Furneaux Group of islands, Bass Strait, in November 1893. It is of sixty-nine photographs in a bound album. The album also includes a map of the Kent Group of islands in the inside front cover and numerous contemporary newspaper clippings relating to the expedition. This image shows the 'cook' at the party's camp near Trouser's Point on Flinders Island.
Campbell, a well known Naturalist and Ornithologist, was one of the first in Australia to employ nature photography in recording his fieldwork. Campbell's interest in nature was aroused in childhood at Werribee, Victoria where he lived with his grandparents until the age of 10. His first love was egg-collecting, and his general interest in birds was further inspired by the study of John Gould's works at the Public Library. He was for many years active in the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria. By 1896 his collection of eggs represented 500 species. Campbell initiated the first of several dinners which led to the formation in 1901 of the (Royal) Australasian Ornithologists' Union. Campbell's egg collection along with his vast image collection is housed at Museum Victoria.
Description Of Content:
A member of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria cooking at a camp fire, preparing meals for the men during the Club's scientific expedition to the Furneaux Group of islands in November 1893. There are two billy cans and a cooking pot over the fire. Three other billy cans and a pail are on the ground to the right.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 109 mm (Height), 147 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: billy cans, camp fires, camp sites, natural environment, natural history
Themes this item is part of: Field Naturalist Trip to the Furneaux Group, Part Three, Cape Barren Island, 1890, The Field Naturalist's Club of Victoria Expedition to Kent Group, 1890, Field Naturalist Trip to the Furneaux Group, Part One, circa 1890, Field Naturalist Trip to the Furneaux Group, Part Two, Babel Islands, 1890, The Field Naturalist's Visit to Kent Group, 1890, Field Naturalist Trip to the Furneaux Group (Part Four) - Chappell Island, 1890, Field Naturalist Trip to the Furneaux Group (Part Five) - Conclusion, 1890, Archibald James Campbell, Naturalist (1853-1929), A.J. Campbell Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Camping & Caravanning
Tertiary Classification: cooking equipment
Original Caption: Our Cook
Format: Photograph: Sepia; 6 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Green Island, Furneaux Island Group, Bass Strait, Tasmania, Australia, 1893
Photographer: Archibald Campbell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Organiser of Expedition: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Place & Date Depicted: Green Island, Furneaux Island Group, Bass Strait, Tasmania, Australia

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