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John Watt Beattie and the Beattie collections

Barker, Donald James 2012 , 'John Watt Beattie and the Beattie collections', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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John Watt Beattie was a well known member of Hobart society who owned a successful
photographic studio and travelled widely around Tasmania photographing not only
scenery in the wilderness but also buildings, and people including Aborigines. His
photographs became an important record of his times and are still reproduced in
publications and available in museum records and institutions such as the National
Library in Canberra. His competence as a photographer was recognised with his
appointment as official state photographer, and his photographs were used as the basis for
the design of a number of Tasmanian postage stamps. He mixed with the elite being a
member of the Royal Society of Tasmania, the Field Naturalist's Club and the Minerva
Club and was a founding member of the Tasmanian Tourism Board.
Beattie is still considered an important creator of images of Tasmania's past, but he also
played a major role in providing significant contributions to the historic items in the
possession of both the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston and the
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart. His collections, which came into these
two institutions in 1927 and 1933 respectively, involved combinations of disinterest,
interest, acclaim and dissatisfaction in the processes involved in their purchase and

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Barker, Donald James
Keywords: Beattie, John Watt, Photography, Photograph collections
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Thesis (MA(History))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. John Watt Beattie photographer, conservationist and collector -- Ch. 2. The 'stain' that would not go away -- Ch. 3. The first Beattie collection -- Ch. 4. The second Beattie collection

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