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Glass plate negative of paddock amongst cleared land


Glass plate negative of paddock amongst cleared land

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Physical description

A photographic glass plate negative showing a view of open fields on a slight hill surrounded by tall leafless trees. In the foreground is the wooden foundations of a structure and a few chopped down tree trunks. Around the wooden building material is a short fence. At the right side of the shot a dark horse stands at one of the fences.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of one folding dry plate Ensign (Houghton Ltd) Camera, in its carry case with accessories, a book, 'The Australian Photographic Instructor', and 203 glass plate negatives in their original boxes, as well as 30 early twentieth century prints, owned, used and created by Robert Orlando Cowey. The collection is in good condition.

Robert Orlando Cowey?s camera and plates have historical significance, as a record of the everyday lives of small-scale farmers in the Dandenongs area and as a suite of photographs that capture a young man?s impressions of his life during the early 1900s. The collection is evidence of the increasingly widespread use of cameras and dry plate technology by rural Australians at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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