John Watt Beattie

John Watt Beattie

John Watt Beattie

Born Aberdeen, Scotland on the 15th August 1859, and died Hobart, Tasmania on 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, Tasmania and Kelly Basin in 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 Island and did photographic work there as well.

External links

* [ Photograph of Beattie late in life]


Further reading

*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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