Photograph - Creek landscape

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Depicts a rocky landscape with a small creek running in the foregorund on the left side. Behind this rocky outcrop there is a densely forested hill.
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H442 x W609 x D20 mm
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Albumen print, overpainted, mounted on textile support, on wooden stretcher, nails.
History and use
Richard Daintree (1832 – 1878) was born at Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire, England and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge. In 1852 he travelled to Victoria for the gold rush. Unsuccessful as a prospector, he tried his hand at geology, working for the Victorian Geological Survey. He returned to England in 1856 and spent a year studying assaying and metallurgy at the Royal London School of Mines Laboratory. While in London he became interested in photography and upon his return to Victoria, he pioneered the use of photography in his geological field work.

He began examining the geology on North Queensland in a field trip in 1863 while on leave from the Geological Survey of Victoria, and in 1864 Daintree relocated his family to a pastoral settlement near Burdekin in North Queensland. This previously unexplored landscape provided ample opportunities for his two passions - photography and prospecting. He added colour to many of his black and white images by having them over-painted by London experts. In 1868 Daintree was appointed Government Geologist for North Queensland and continued photographing the landscapes of the Cape River, Etheridge and Gilbert River goldfields. He went on to map the Rockhampton area in 1869 and Mt Wyatt and Cape River in 1870.

In 1870, a proposal to exhibit Daintree’s collections of rocks, minerals, fossils and photographs was accepted and consequently his photographs were exhibited a number of times beginning with Exhibition of Art and Industry in London in 1871.

The Daintree Photograph Collection consists of over 200 photographs of Queensland in the 1870s. This collection showcases landscapes, geological formations and people from across Queensland in the 1870s, and are particularly focused in the north of Queensland and on mining and agricultural endeavour. Photographs from the Richard Daintree collection were show in the Queensland displays at 10 international exhibitions from 1871 (London) to 1897 (Brisbane). A selection of photographs was also shown in the Queensland Court at the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879-1880. The collection holds over 200 photographs, including photographic prints and overpainted Albumen prints mounted on boards.

Daintree’s spectacular images provide a vivid picture of life in Queensland during the prospecting boom of the 1860s and 1870s.
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