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Ayers Rock (Uluru), Central Australia
Title : Ayers Rock (Uluru), Central Australia Ayers Rock (Uluru), Central Australia
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Source : B 47741
Date of creation : 1894
Additional Creator : Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition to Central Australia (1894)
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Ayers Rock: 5 miles North - taken during the Horn Expedition

This photograph, one of the earliest of the Rock was taken during the Horn Scientific Expedition in 1894. Spencer Baldwin wrote of the Rock in his narrative of the expedition that it was 'probably one of the most striking objects in Central Australia.' It stood in 'lonely grandeur against the clear sky'. On nearer examination the Horn Expedition discovered that the Rock consisted of huge masses which then blended into the main rock. Weathering of the rock was of two types: thin flakes, but also a number of large columns some 200 feet in length which were separating from the main rock. Eventually this would slip down the face, like others had obviously done before.

The Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition was financed by William Austin Horn and was assembled to undertake a scientific examination of the MacDonnell Ranges. The leader was Charles Winnecke and Professor Baldwin Spencer was the expedition's zoologist, and responsible for many of the photographs from the expedition. His work on this expedition was preparatory to the photographic work he would later undertake with Frank Gillen on anthropological expeditions.
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Horn Scientific Exploring Expedition to Central Australia (1894)

Coverage year : 1894
Place : Uluru/Ayers Rock (NT)
Further reading :

Exploring central Australia: society, the environment and the 1894 Horn Expedition edited by S.R. Morton and D.J. Mulvaney Chipping Norton, N.S.W.: Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1996

Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia edited by Baldwin Spencer London: Dulau; Melbourne: Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1896

Newton, Gael Shades of light: photography and Australia 1839-1988 with essays by Helen Ennis and Chris Long and assistance from Isobel Crombie and Kate Davidson Canberra: Australian National Gallery: Collins Australia, 1988

Spencer, Baldwin, Sir, The Aboriginal photographs of Baldwin Spencer introduced by John Mulvaney; selected and annotated by Geoffrey Walker; edited by Ron Vanderwal Melbourne: Currey O'Neil on behalf of the National Museum of Victoria Council, 1982

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing. Taking it to the edge August 2004-



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