Territory Stories

Expedition team

Details:

Title
Expedition team
Photographer
Brooks, Joseph
Photo number
PH0837/0018
Collection
Goyder Expedition Collection; PictureNT; PictureNT
Date
1869
Description
Ten men posing with theodolite and digging tools.
Notes
Date:1869; Stereoscope photographs taken during the Goyder survey expedition (1869-1870). The expedition was led by George Goyder; Surveyor-General from the South Australia Department of Lands and Survey. He was sent to the Northern Territory in 1869 to complete a land survey and select a site for the capital. One hundred and fifty men were selected for the expedition and within six months they had surveyed 269,683 hectares, identified further land for growing tropical products and recommended Palmerston as the site for the capital. The photographers during the expedition were Joseph Brooks; the official photographer and Samuel White Sweet; a sea captain who sailed twice to the Northern Territory and joined the Goyder expedition on both occasions. The photographs in the collection depict members of the expedition, the new settlement and the surrounding scenery. The men are seen at work and around their camps, clearly showing the isolation of the tropical north. The photographs are stereoscopic and were a popular form of public viewing during the mid to late 1800s. Stereoscopy creates the illusion of depth in an image and was first invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1840. Two separate images were printed side-by-side and when viewed through a stereoscopic viewer, a three-dimensional effect was produced.
Language
English
Subject
men; surveyors; theodolites; Northern Territory Survey Expedition 1868-1869; Goyder, G. W. (George Woodroffe), 1826-1898
Digital format
1200ppi ; 93.5Mb, single 38.1Mb.
Format
1 stereograph : sepia ; 18 x 9 cm.
File type
image/tiff
Use
No known copyright
Copyright owner
Library & Archives NT
License
https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/pdm
Related links
http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040316b.htm; http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/exhibits/saonmap/planner/northernterritory.html; http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040316b.htm [Australian Dictionary of Biography : Goyder, George Woodroffe (1826–1898)]; http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/exhibits/saonmap/planner/northernterritory.html [Government of South Australia. State Records : Goyder's Northern Territory Diary 1868 - 70]
Parent handle
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/159284
Citation address
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/717539
Related items
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/717541

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