Photo of the day – A forest clearing (aroung 1905)
Published by imageservices on August 14, 2008 in Photo of the day.
The image from the Tyrrell photographic collection was taken some time around 1905 and shows a forest in the process of being cleared. There is an inscription on the back of the glass plate negative that reads ’Dorrigo” which suggest that this image may have been taken in that area. The New South Wales government opened Forest Reserves for subdivision and settlement early in the twentieth century. It is possible that this image was taken during the spate of land clearing that followed the subdivision. This image probably has far greater impact on us now considering what is happening with climate change and the environment. This article from the Sydney Morning Herald has some interesting points about the impact of clearing natural forests and the danger this could present to the global climate.
This image has been posted to the Commons project on Flickr. We have another image taken around the same time and the same location titled Packing cream on the Dorrigo. This image is attributed to, Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1905.
This image is attributed to Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1884-1917.
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