Yarra River Photography Exhibition at Abbotsford Convent

A bloke named David Roberts canoed down the entire river, and took lots of photographs, and now there’s an exhibition. Now it’s at Monstalvat, soon at the Convent (August 3 to 31), then at Scienceworks. The genesis of the exhibition is an interesting story, recounted in this Age article, from which this A.J. Campbell photograph is reproduced. The show pairs Cambell’s and Roberts’s photographs.  Of Campbell, The Age says:

“In December 1904, [Archibald James] Campbell, an early environmentalist, his son Archibald George, two friends and a packhorse trekked for three weeks north along the Yarra, from Warburton to near Mount Baw Baw. They photographed much of what they saw, regarding it as priceless heritage under threat from development.”

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