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John Watt Beattie: 21 interesting facts

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By Gwylym Owen

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 in description to Tasmania, as without difficulty as in the Central Highlands and on the West Coast of Tasmania. He was employed by the North Mount Lyell Company to photograph in the middle of Gormanston, Tasmania and Kelly Basin in the 1890s.

Beattie travelled behind lantern slide shows upon various subjects – A vacation through Tasmania, From Kelly’s Basin to Gormanston as competently as Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula His photographic images of places such as Port Arthur and the Isle of the Dead were used as postcards in the to come twentieth century.

Beattie’s perform was notable in that it crystallised something like a Romantic tradition that promoted a deferential orientation to the natural world. His sublime pictures of Tasmanian wilderness and Port Arthur in particular helped settlers and activists argue for the support of nature through the 1890s and into the twentieth century.

In the 1890s he as well as prepared composite pictures of the Governors of Tasmania 1804–1895, as with ease as Parliamentarians of Tasmania 1856–1895.

He moreover travelled to Norfolk Island and did photographic perform there as well. He died in Hobart.

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