Summary

Portait of a man standing with one foot forward holding a boomerang in his right hand. He is wearing a possum skin cloak. A bundle of spears are leaning against the foliage behind him and the photographer's backdrop is visible. Taken in a studio or a makeshift studio. Although the name of the Neddy Wheeler had not been recorded originally, research undertaken in 2013 located photos of Neddy Wheeler in other collections, which were dated and the photographer identified however where the actual photograph was taken is still not known. Thomas Washbourne was active as a photographer from 1870 to 1888. Original print from the R.E. Johns album. Written in front of the album is the date '05/01/90'. The handwritten entry in the index at the front the of the album provides only the following information: 'Male Aborigine of Upper Murray River 1870'. The dates entered into the index along side each entry most likely refers to the the date the photograph was created or added to the album.

Physical Description

Albumen print. Adhered to standard cardboard stock. Print is inserted into window mount through an opening at the bottom of the page. The page is sealed on three sides. Mount has gilded edging and the window is framed by a decorative gold border. One of 52 photographs in an album dated 1890 with an index located at the front. Page number "11" annotated top right-hand corner.

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