photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
At the end of the 19th century photographic studios were catering to a growing taste for views of the ‘exotic’ South Seas. Studios accumulated negatives from a range of sources including missions and other Pacific island studios to which they added their own name or stamp and sold as prints or postcards. In this photograph, part of the museum’s Tyrrell collection, the harbour is framed by a wooden railing and vegetation, locating the viewer in a separate world far removed from the mundane activities of the busy port. A glimpse of the port tantalises the viewer with the possibilities of a distant place.
Photography by Henry King studio
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