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John Watt Beattie (1859-1930)

"John Watt Beattie (15 August 1859 – 24 June 1930) was an Australian photographer.
Beattie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1890. He was appointed Photographer to the Government of Tasmania on 21 December 1896.
He did extensive photography around Tasmania, as well as in the Central Highlands and on the West Coast of Tasmania. He was employed by the North Mount Lyell Company to photograph between Gormanston, Tasmania and Kelly Basin in the 1890s.
He travelled with lantern slide shows on various subjects — A trip through Tasmania, From Kelly´s Basin to Gormanston as well as Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula
In the 1890s he also prepared composite pictures of the Governors of Tasmania 1804–1895, as well as Parliamentarians of Tasmania 1856–1895.
He also travelled to Norfolk Island and did photographic work there as well. He died in Hobart." - (Wikipedia (en) 21.12.2018)

"John Watt Beattie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1859 and migrated to Tasmania, Australia in 1878 with his parents, who settled in the Derwent Valley. In 1879, Beattie began to take photos of the Tasmanian bush, and took up photography full-time in 1882 as a partner with the Anson Brothers, gaining sole control of the business in 1891. He became Tasmania’s leading photographer, excelling in portraits, nature photography and in promoting the island’s economic potential. In 1906, he accepted the invitation of Bishop Cecil Wilson (q.v.) to sail to Melanesia, Polynesia and Norfolk Island in the Diocese of Melanesia’s Southern Cross (q.v.). His hundreds of photos from this trip were some of the best ever taken in Melanesia in these early years and have been published in many places. He kept a diary on this trip (Beattie 1906) and in 1909 published a catalogue of the photos. In 1927, he sold a large part of his collection to the Launceston Corporation, which material is still held in Tasmania’s Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston. Other photos can be found in the Tasmanian Museum, Hobart, Auckland Institute and Museum, Chicago’s Field Museum, and the British Museum, particularly those associated with the Melanesian Mission. Although Beattie died in Hobart in 1930, his company continued to sell his prints until the 1980s. (Welsch 1998, 26-27; Beattie 1906, 1909)" -, 12.12.2018

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