The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in a Museum

Early Australian Landscapes

Sketches and paintings of Australia’s Indigenous owners, Australia’s flora and fauna started with members of Captain Cook’s entourage who were on a scientific quest. Then with the arrival of the First Fleet of settlement, the number of images of Australia’s unique environment increased as did art depicting the growing settlements across the colony.

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“Moulting Lagoon and Great Oyster Bay, from Pine Hill”.  c 1838 Mills Plain, Tasmania by John Glover.

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“The River Nile, Van Diemen’s Land,  from Mr Glover’s farm”.  c 1838 Mills Plain, Tasmania by John Glover.

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“Tea Trees near Schanck, Victoria”. 1856 Melbourne by Eugene von Guerard

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“Mount Kosciusko, seen from the Victorian Border” 1865 Melbourne by Eugene von Guerard

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“Mr Clark’s Station, Deep Creek, near Keilor” 1867 Melbourne by Eugene von Guerard

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“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.” Robert Hughes

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons