History

February 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I am not a historian and this web site is about presenting photographs, but I am learning that history can be controversial.

In the late 1970's I met Sir William Crowther at the State Library of Tasmania. He came in to the library occasionally to visit the collection he had donated and to speak with interested young people like myself. I wanted to find out about a microscope I had inherited and Sir William had several like it in his collection. We chatted for as long as he could and I am very grateful for that time with him. It was years after his passing that I learned of his involvement in the removal of human remains, which were later handed back to the Aboriginal community.

My microscope will be part of our museum in the future.

By all accounts John Watt Beattie respected the Tasmanian wilderness and the Aboriginal people who lived here before European settlement. These ideas were very new and seen as unusual in his time, but they are values we at Beatties Studio hold dear today. The collection does include some photographs of Aboriginal people and we will be presenting these because we want to show and celebrate their lives and culture. We understand that depiction of people who have passed away can be upsetting.

 

John Stephenson

 

 

 


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