Sub-item 14 - Governor Sir Thomas Gore Browne

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Governor Sir Thomas Gore Browne


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1 lantern slide - Standard format (3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square)

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John Watt Beattie (1859-1930), photographer and antiquarian, was born on 15 August 1859 at Aberdeen, Scotland, son of John Beattie, master house-painter and photographer, and his wife Esther Imlay, née Gillivray. After a grammar-school education he migrated with his parents and brother in 1878, and struggled to clear a farm in the Derwent Valley, Tasmania. He soon turned to his life's work. From 1879 he made many photographic expeditions into the bush, becoming a full-time professional in 1882 in partnership with Anson Bros whom he bought out in 1891. Gifted with both physical zeal and craftsman skills, he probably did more than anyone to shape the accepted visual image of Tasmania. An admirer of William Piguenit, Beattie stressed the same wildly romantic aspects of the island's beauty. His work included framed prints, postcards, lantern-slides and albums, and was the basis for a popular and pleasing set of Tasmanian pictorial stamps (in print 1899-1912).
Many of Beattie's photographs of people and places were published in the Cyclopedia of Tasmania, (1st edn. 1900). He also prepared sets of lecture slides on the topography and history of Tasmania and gave many lectures himself. He was interested in the history and made an important collection of items relating to Port Arthur &convict days, which was sold to the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston in 1927. Another collection was secured for the Tasmanian Museum Hobart after Beattie's death through William Walker, the City paying £250. Some of Beattie's lectures and photographic notes were placed with the Royal Society's manuscripts on loan by the Museum. Some other papers of J.W. Beattie were bequeathed by him to the Royal Society for safe-keeping. These consist of copies of historical manuscripts and some original manuscripts, press cuttings and notes.
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Sir Thomas Gore Browne (1807-1887), colonial governor and soldier, was born on 3 July 1807 at Aylesbury, England, son of Robert Browne of Morton House, Buckinghamshire, and his wife Sarah Dorothea, née Steward. His brother, Edward Harold, became bishop of Winchester and Ely. On 10 December 1861 Browne was appointed governor of Tasmania. His predecessors had represented the 'old order'; as the first governor appointed after the colony had achieved responsible government he was warmly welcomed in Hobart with a carnival which lasted a week. for more information see:

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Lantern slide of Governor Sir Thomas Gore Browne. Governor of Tasmania from 1861-1868. Prepared by J.W. Beattie (1859-1930) whose studio locations were Elizabeth Street, Hobart from 1891-1920, Murray Street from 1921-40 and Cat and Fiddle until 1994.

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Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office -

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