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Digital Photograph - Man with Burned out Strezlecki Ranges Behind Him, Won Wron, 1914 Image 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
Discipline: History

More information

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
Primary Classification: ENVIRONMENTS
Secondary Classification: Rural
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
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.

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