Peter DOMBROVSKIS, Macquarie Island, Tasmania Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1945 – Australia 1996

  • Germany 2 March 1945
  • arrived Australia 1950, moved to Hobart, Tasmania 1951
  • died 28 March Western Arthur Range, southwest Tasmania.

Macquarie Island, Tasmania 1984 Place made: Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 2002
Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph

Dimensions: printed image 51.3 h x 64.1 w cm sheet 54.0 h x 76.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.398
Image rights: © Liz Dombrovskis

Peter Dombrovskis, one of Australia’s best known wildlife photographers, was inevitably drawn to the Antarctic wilderness as a subject. His image of Macquarie Island suggests both the lush environment of the sub-Antarctic Island in summer but also, by the inclusion of the boilers of the old penguin oil refinery, the past era of human occupation. Dombrovskis stood in the same place Hurley had almost seventy-five years before to photograph the teeming penguin rookery on The Nuggets beach.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra