National Archives UK project to put Colonial Office photographs (including some of Indigenous people)
February 5, 2013 in Blog
The following may be of interest to network members – some photos are of Indigenous people.
The characters and landscapes of Australasia are the subjects of the latest ‘Through a lens’ online release today – timed perfectly for Australia Day tomorrow.
From Darwin to Tasmania, Perth to Brisbane, the people, places and projects of Australia from the 1860s to 1960s are represented in the collection, alongside smaller collections showing New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and other Pacific islands.
The photographs are part of the Colonial Office collection that we have been releasing online through Flickr since 2011. In September last year I wrote about the release of the Asia collection, and the diversity shown in the Australasia photographs is just as apparent.
What I have found striking about this collection in particular are some of the individual portraits … like ‘King Billy’ below, but with all, we hope to learn more by releasing them online and asking people around the world to share any information they have about the images.
William Lanné or ‘King Billy’ features in the Tasmania photographs in CO 1069/621: The description with the photograph gives the following information: ‘William Lanne, or King Billy, Of the Coal River Tribe, about 26 years old. The last male Aboriginal Natives of Tasmania. Photographed from life by Chas. A. Wooley, August, 1866. King Billy died at Hobart Town, March 3rd, 1867.’…