J. W. LINDT, Mourners and dead house Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1845 – , Australia 1926

  • Australia from 1862

Mourners and dead house 1885
Collection Title: Album of photographs
Materials & Technique: photographs, Support: photographic paper
Acknowledgement: Anonymous gift 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.1484.17

Johannes Lindt emigrated to Australia from Germany in 1862. He took up photography in Grafton, New South Wales, where he made his reputation in 1873 with a series of studio portraits of local Indigenous people. Lindt was, however, more interested in New Guinea than in Australia – a fascination dating from 1868 when he travelled home from a trip to Europe via the Torres Strait. Following the proclamation of an Australian protectorate over part of south-east New Guinea in 1884, Lindt secured passage as a voluntary member of the expedition of Sir Peter Scratchley, Special Commissioner for Great Britain in New Guinea.

In 1887 Lindt published a book on his trip – Picturesque New Guinea. With an historical introduction and supplementary chapters on the manners and customs of the Papuans – illustrated with fifty photomechanical prints. It was a great success and became a first introduction to New Guinea for many general readers.

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