Black and white image of two women at the camp for a group of gold prospectors photographed by A.J. Campbell during one of his treks. A.J. Campbell carried out two treks along the Upper Yarra Track, one in 1904 and the other in 1907. This image is believed to have been taken in the Dandenongs during one of his many expeditions to the 'Big Scrub'. A well-known Naturalist, Campbell was one of the first in Australia to employ nature photography in recording his fieldwork. He was also a great proponent of environmental protection. This is evident in the lecture,' The Dandenongs' he presented at the Working Men's College in Melbourne in 1893. Campbell himself referred to this as a "pictorial protest against the government... who were about to despoil a magnificent State Forest Resource." Although the protest was unsuccessful Campbell continued to photograph the changing landscape and its impact on the biodiversity of the ranges.

This is one of many glass lantern slides that form the A.J. Campbell Collection held by Museum Victoria.

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Pioneer women at land clearing

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