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Photograph - 'Ladies' Bath', by A.J. Campbell, Lysterfield, Victoria, 1903 Image Reg. No: MM 69960

Image taken by Archibald James Campbell on a Christmas trip to Lyesterfield in 1903. The photograph is from an album containing 181 photographs taken during various trips to throughout Australia. Although an amatuer photographer most of Campbell's photographs were intended for a public audience (of natural history) however contained in his collection are many intimate moments of people in the Australian bush and reveal the Australian experience of the natural environment from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s.
A well known Naturalist and Ornithologist, Campbell was one of the first in Australia to employ nature photography in recording his fieldwork. He was also a great proponent of enivornmetal protection. 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; he was president in 1909 and 1928 and co-editor of its journal, The Emu, for thirteen years. Campbell published widely and was quite an early advocate for the protection of the Australian bush. He was also a keen photographer having taken up courses at the Working Men's College in Melbourne to enable the illustration of his great work .Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds. (1900). Campbell's egg collection along with his vast image collection is housed at Museum Victoria.

One of two albums covering these trips [see also HT 15824].
Description Of Content:
Four women by a canvas enclosure labelled "Ladies Bath". One woman is inside the enclosure and appears to be emptying a basin, a second woman stands in the entrance talking to a third woman who carries a towel over her arm. A fourth woman, carrying a
basin and with a towel over her shoulder, stands on the right. The fourth woman is wearing a large floral hat.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Natural Science
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 96 mm (Height), 148 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: basins, bathing tents, camp sites, towels
Themes this item is part of: A.J. Campbell Collection, Archibald James Campbell, Naturalist (1853-1929), Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: NATURAL SCIENCES
Secondary Classification: Field Naturalists
Tertiary Classification: campsites
Original Caption: Ladies' Bath
Format: Photograph: Black & White; See Dimensions
Place & Date Depicted: Lysterfield, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1903
Creator: Archibald Campbell, 1903

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