- John Watt Beattie
John Watt Beattie
Aberdeen, Scotlandon the 15th August 1859, and died Hobart, Tasmaniaon 24th June 1930.He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1890.Was a photographer - he was appointed as "Photographer to the Government of Tasmania" on 21st December 1896.He did extensive photography around Tasmania - as well as in the Central Highlands and on the West Coast of Tasmania.He was employed by the North Mount Lyell Company to photograph between Gormanston, Tasmaniaand Kelly Basinin the 1890s.
He travelled with lantern slide shows on various subjects - "A trip through Tasmania", "From Kelly's Basin to Gormanston" as well as "Port Arthur and
Tasman Peninsula" [ p.6 and 7 of Tassell and Wood ]
In the 1890s he also prepared composite pictures of the Governors of Tasmania 1804-1895, as well as Parliamentarians of Tasmania 1856-1895.
He also travelled to
Norfolk Islandand did photographic work there as well.
* [http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an23820054 Photograph of Beattie late in life]
*Tassell, Margaret and Wood, David (1981) "Tasmanian Photographer - From the John Watt Beattie Collection - From the Collections of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery" South Melbourne, Macmillan Company of Australia. ISBN 0333337379
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