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.
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.