Richard DAINTREE, Mining scene with people Enlarge 1 /1


Huntingdon, England 1831 – 1878

attributed to

  • 1852 Victoria 1856 England 1857 Melbourne 1864 Maryvale near Townsville 1872 London

Mining scene with people c.1858-63 Materials & Technique: photographs, albumen prints, albumen silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 19.5 h x 24.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.81.140.15

Daintree trained as a geologist at Christ College, Cambridge and left for Australia in 1852 under medical advice to find a warmer climate. Like others, he sought his fortune on the Victorian goldfields but abandoned this to join the staff of the Geological Survey of Victoria. After a short stint back in England he settled in Australia, and opened a photographic studio in Melbourne in 1858 while continuing to work on the Survey. His photographs are an invaluable record of the life and mining practices on the goldfields.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra