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85/1286-721 Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Aboriginal fisheries, Darling River', unattributed studio, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1880-1923
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Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Aboriginal fisheries, Darling River', unattributed studio, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1880-1923
Aboriginal people who live in the Brewarrina region of NSW are custodians of an intricate series of stone fish traps across the Barwon River. The traps form a complex net of linked weirs and ponds along 500 metres of the river. They operate at varying water heights and can be altered to suit seasonal changes. People use their expert knowledge of fish species and the environment to maximise their catch.

It is believed that Ngemba, Wonkamurra, Wailwan and Gomolaroi people have shared and maintained the traps for thousands of years.


The glass plate negative from which this image is produced was taken by Charles Kerry who was, in 1890, appointed
official photographer to the Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington. In addition to portrait photography, Kerry photographed street scenes, parades, race meeting, cricket matches, rural scenes and sailing on Sydney Harbour. In 1895, Kerry began travelling around the colony photographing squatter's land, homesteads, families and livestock. By 1898, Kerry was sufficiently successful to have a purpose built studio on George Street, Sydney.

Sandra McEwen
Curator, Biotechnologies
2008
This glass plate negative is part of the Tyrrell Collection and is not attributed to a studio.

This negative is not attributed to a particular studio. The Tyrrell Collection of glass plate negatives dates from approximately 1880-1923.
This glass plate negative is part of the Tyrrell Collection, acquired by James Robert Tyrrell for Tyrrell's Bookshop in the early 1930s. The Tyrrell collection was acquired by Australian Consolidated Press in 1980.

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Description
A silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. A silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. The image shows fish traps in a section of the Darling River. The fish traps consist of low stone walls constructed on the river bed. The walls are arranged to form cul de sacs that trap the fish. There are no inscriptions on the negative. The Tyrrell Collection Inventory records the above caption but does not attribute the negative to a studio.

75/505 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 75 Studio Number

Made: Unknown; Australia; 1880 - 1923


Used: Tyrrell, James Robert; Sydney

Used: Tyrrells Bookshop; Sydney

Used: Australian Consolidated Press; Sydney
85/1286-721
Production date
1880 - 1923
Width
215 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985
This object belongs to:
Tyrrell Photographic Collection
Subjects
+ Photography
+ Indigenous Australian History
+ Indigenous Australian culture
+ Anthropology
+ Colonial history of New South Wales
+ Australian culture
+ Australian History
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