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Glass Negative - 'Taking a Boobook Owl's Nest', by A.J. Campbell, Myrniong, Werribee Gorge, Victoria, 1890 Image Reg. No: MM 046074

Image taken by A.J. Campbell in preparation for his definitive work, 'Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds including the Geographical Distribution of the Species and Popular Observations Thereon', published by Pawson & Brailsford, Sheffield, England in 1900. The image was featured on page 43 where Campbell noted: 'On the morning of the 11th of October, 1890, three of us were hastening over the she-oak (Casuarina) clad hills near Myrniong, on the Upper Werribee, Victoria, when one of us casually threw a stone against the limb. Then followed expeditiously the natural sequence - a climb, the chopping of a hole in the tough weather-beaten limb, and a clutch of three eggs is added to our collection. The situation of the eggs was about fifteen feet from the ground.'
Black and white silver gelatin glass negative, half plate, portrait format
Description Of Content:
Man straddling the branch of a dead gum tree. he is wearing a backpack and is reaching for an owl's nest. The tree is on a stony slope and there appears to be pasture land in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Natural Science
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: eucalypts, nests, owls
Themes this item is part of: Campbell's own observations of the Boobook owl, A.J. Campbell Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: NATURAL SCIENCES
Secondary Classification: Field Naturalists
Tertiary Classification: collecting
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Myrniong, Werribee Gorge, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Person Depicted: Tom Brittlebank, Myrniong, Victoria, Australia, 11 Oct 1890

Information from Len Harvey 15.8.67 told by Tom Lidgett of Greendale who associated with Mr. Brittlebank and was present when the photo was taken and told the climber was Tom Brittlebank. This was found inscribed on the verso of page 44 in the Museum's copy.

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