Kodak Pony Premo No. 4 Folding Pocket Camera

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New York
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Folding camera in brown leather case. Also, a length of black fabric (camera hood) with metal eyelets at top for hanging. Photographs, documents, handwritten journals.
PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still field camera
PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still folding
PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still kodak
PHOTOGRAPHY Camera Accessories camera case
PHOTOGRAPHY Camera Accessories
PHOTOGRAPHY Camera Accessories backdrop
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Length: 310mm Width: 85mm Height: 175mm Weight: 2.25kg
History and use
The nest of the Paradise Parrot species was first documented by Charles and Harry Barnard in 1882. Cyril Jerrard not only rediscovered the species in 1921 but successfully photographed both a male and a female at a nest in 1922. During the 1920s, Cyril regularly contributed articles and photographs to journals and newspapers and in 1924 wrote an eighteen-page unpublished account of his encounters with the Paradise Parrot.

This folding Kodak pocket camera, owned by amateur ornithologist and conservationist, Cyril Jerrard, was used by him to to record the last known photographs of the, now extinct, Paradise Parrot in 1922.

Jerrard's unpublished account of the species, which he wrote in 1924, has received high praise from contemporary researchers. From his handwritten journals, it appears that Jerrard was still seeing the species at his Gayndah property as late as 1927. Despite the publicity surrounding this rediscovery, no concerted conservation efforts followed Jerrard's rediscovery of the species.

After his tragic and untimely death by drowning in 1944, Cyril Jerrard left behind hisf hand-written journals, documents, camera and photographs which together form this collection. His unpublished essay and extracts from journals are published on the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) website. His camera, journal notes, and essay were featured in a 2007 NLA exhibition.

While Cyril Jerrard’s ornithological observations are of undoubted scientific significance, his camera, handwritten journals and photographs, as objects that traverse local, regional and national social and environmental history, not only meet the collecting mission and purpose of Queensland Museum's social history collection but add substantial weight and value to the Museum’s natural history collection.

The collection was generously donated to Queensland Museum in 2020 by Graham and Judith Jerrard on behalf of the Jerrard family.
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