The output of the two largest photographic studios in Australia in the late 19th century were bought & placed in storage. It became known as the Tyrell Collection. Largely unseen ever-since it is now stored at the Powerhouse museum and has been made available to Australian Geographic. This unique collection provides a multi-faceted portrait of an increasingly diverse & confident Australia. A nation metamorphosing from six separate colonies into one federated Commonwealth: literally a nation in the making. Extensive text has been freshly written by Alasdair MacGregor to give a rich context to these wonderful photographs.
Painter, photographer, writer and some-time architect, Alasdair McGregors professional interests range from natural history and the environment, to architecture, design and the history of exploration. He has published a number of books including The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone. His books have been short-listed for a number of major literary prizes and Grand Obsessions won the 2011 National Biography Award. Alasdair has staged numerous exhibitions of his paintings and his works hang in corporate and public collections in Australia and overseas.
This is Alasdairs first book for Australian Geographic
Australian Geographic anthology
Historic images are drawn from the Tyrrell Collection, which preserves the work of two renowned Sydney photographic studios of the late 19th and eary 20th centuries: Kerry and Co., and Henry King