- 1920 - 1940 (Creation)
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Beattie’s Studio is a photographic business founded by Scotsman John Watt Beattie, known professionally as J.W.Beattie (1859-1930), who began exhibiting photographs soon after his arrival in Tasmania in 1878.
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Electrolytic Zinc or the Electrolytic Zinc Company of Australasia (frequently abbreviated to EZ ) was the company that operated a Zinc refinery on the banks of the Derwent River in Risdon in Hobart in Tasmania between 1916 and 1984. For more information see http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/E/Electrolytic%20zinc%20works.htm or for further reading: A Alexander, The Zinc Works, Hobart, 1992.
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The collection features photographs taken by Hobart photographic studio Beattie’s Studio, also known as J.W. Beattie, for the Electrolytic Zinc Co. at the company’s Risdon smelter between 1920 and 1940. The collection depicts construction of new facilities at the factory complex. The first sod was turned on the zinc smeltering plant at Risdon on the western shore of the Derwent River on 16 November 1916, and a test smelter called the 250 lb plant was opened in 1917 to produce 250 lb of zinc a day using the recently developed Roast-Leach-Electrowin (RLE) process of extracting zinc through electrolysis. Electrolytic Zinc’s office occupied the former Derwent Inn. The larger 10-ton plant opened in January 1918 and the 100-ton plant opened in November, 1921. This collection of photographs depicts the phases of construction of the 100-Ton Plant, further expansion of the smelter and decomissioning of some of the older equipment at the zinc works. Beattie’s Studio was a photographic studio founded by Scotsman John Watt Beattie (1859-1930), who began exhibiting photographs soon after his arrival in Tasmania in 1878.
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Many images are identified with the original plate numbers as an Alternative Identifier.
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These images available for private research and study.
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Alexander, A. (1992). The zinc works, producing zinc at Risdon, 1916-1991, Risdon, Tas.: Pasminco Metals-EZ.
Alexander, A. (2006). Electrolytic Zinc Works. A Companion to Tasmanian History. Retrieved from http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/E/Electrolytic%20zinc%20works.htm
Ramshaw, N. (2012). Electrolytic zinc zorks: nomination for a heritage recognition award. Hobart, Tas.: Nyrstar and Engineering Heritage Australia. Retrieved from https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/system/files/engineering-heritage-australia/nomination-title/Electrolytic%20Zinc%20Works.Nomination.V5.pdf
The Mercury (1920). Electrolytic Zinc, The Mercury, p3, 27 November 1920. Retrieved from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/11503222