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Digital Photograph - Man with Burned out Strezlecki Ranges Behind Him, Won Wron, 1914 Reg. No: MM 110888
- This photograph shows John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor, looking out onto the Strezlecki Ranges after a bushfire fire, Won Wron, Gippsland, circa 29 September 1914. The O'Connor family were a local Gippsland farming family, who also held a lease to graze cattle on St Margaret Island. They were raising sheep and cattle and rented St Margaret Island to graze their live-stock over summer. According to the family: 'Livestock were very cheap. When World War I broke out, the price of stock went up and they made a lot of money. Because J. J. knew the area so well, he was sent into the hills during World War I to look out for the German 'invasion' which was rumoured to be planned from the coast.'
The photographer of this image, Doctor Sydney Pern, was a friend of the contributor's family, who lived in Yarram. In addition to his duties as the local GP, he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
- Description Of Content:
- Man standing with dead gum tree forest behind him. There is an arch of living trees in the foreground.
- Acquisition Information:
- Copied from Ms Helen Hickey, 2006
|Tagged with:||agriculture, farm animals, sheep, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, bushfires|
|Themes this item is part of:||Recurring History of Bushfires in Victoria, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection|
|Inscriptions:||Eileen O'Connor / 29-9-14 / (in blue ink) J. J. O'Connor / Strez. Range / after fire|
|People Depicted:||O'Connor, John Joseph|
|Format:||Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 29 Sep 1914|
|Photographer:||Dr Sydney Pern
Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.