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Photograph - 'Islanders Home', Flinders Island, 1893 Image Reg. No: MM 91748

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 an islander family and thier home.
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.

One of sixty-nine black and white and sepia toned photographs in a bound album [six of which are loose] taken by A .J. Campbell during a Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria scientific expedition to the Furneaux Group of islands, Bass Strait, in November1893.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.
Description:
Sepia toned photograph mounted on off-white board in bound album with red cloth cover.
Description Of Content:
A family gathered in front of their rough-hewn timber home in a bush setting on Flinders Island. There is a man, woman and three children. The man has a full-length beard and is wearing a cap and the woman is wearing a bonnet and apron. The house has a timber shingle roof, paling chimney and tea-tree fence. Photograph taken by Archibald J. Campbell during a scientific expedition by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria to the Furneaux Group of islands in November 1893.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Museum Archive, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 103 mm (Height), 152 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bush houses, chimneys, fences, islands, 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, Childhood & Youth Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Domestic Life
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: Half-caste Islanders Home
Inscriptions: Caption below the photograph handwritten in black ink on backing board: "Half-caste Islanders Home".
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

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