Richard Daintree

(1832—1878) geologist and photographer

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(1832–78) pioneered the use of photography in fieldwork in his time as a field surveyor with the Victorian Geological Survey (1859–64). He came from England to the Victorian goldfields in 1852, but was unsuccessful and joined the survey in 1854 as assistant geologist. During a visit to England in 1856 he became interested in photography and, upon his return to Australia, collaborated with (1823–61) on a photographic album Australia, also known as Sun Pictures of Victoria (1858, 1983). In 1864 he became a pastoralist in northern Qld, continuing with both photography and prospecting. Daintree worked on the government geological survey of Qld, begun in 1868. During that time he made many of the fine photographic studies that he took to London for the 1871 Exhibition of Art and Industry. He proved such an enthusiastic proponent of Qld that in 1872 he was appointed agent-general in London. Ill-health forced his resignation four years later. The Daintree River was named in his honour. Richard Daintree, a Photographic Memoir (1965) discusses the man and his work.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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