William H. BARDWELL, Kohinoor Gold mine, Ballarat Enlarge 1 /1


1830 /1831 – 1929

attributed to

  • 1858 -1878 Ballarat, Vic 1878-1891 Melbourne, Vic 1895 Goulburn, NSW

Kohinoor Gold mine, Ballarat 1870-75
Collection Title: from Bardwell panorama on 5 pages 2 images per page making 360 degree view 2 prints on verso
Materials & Technique: photographs, albumen prints, albumen silver photograph Support: verso of page from ten image 5 page panorama sequence of Ballarat

Dimensions: printed image 10.1 h x 17.7 w x 17.7 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2004
Accession No: NGA 2004.179.11

Bardwell operated a studio in the gold-flushed town of Ballarat from 1866. These views of mines have the gravitas and eerie emptiness often found in 19th century industrial images. The slow speed exposures of the wet-plate process meant people had to be directed to stand still or they disappeared as ghostly trails in the final image. The Kohinoor Gold Mine was registered in July 1856. One of the first in the area to take on labour and pay wages, it employed 250 miners before its closure. It was 384 feet deep and paid about half a million pounds in dividends.

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