Biography: photographer John Watt Beattie

Biography: photographer John Watt Beattie


John Watt Beattie (1859 – 1930) was an Australian photographer. Beattie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1890. He was appointed Photographer to the Government of Tasmania on 21 December 1896. He did extensive photography around Tasmania, as well as in the Central Highlands and on the West Coast of Tasmania. He was employed by the North Mount Lyell Company to photograph between Gormanston, Tasmania and Kelly Basin in the 1890s.

Photograph shows a group of men, women and children standing in a lagoon and on outrigger canoes. Fiji, early 20th century.

Photograph shows a group of men, women and children standing in a lagoon and on outrigger canoes. Fiji, early 20th century. Photo by John Watt Beattie

Studio photograph of old William Thompson in convict uniform and leg irons. circa 1900.

Studio photograph of old William Thompson in convict uniform and leg irons. circa 1900. Photo by John Watt Beattie

Santa Cruz feather money, Solomon Islands, c 1914-15.

Santa Cruz feather money, Solomon Islands, c 1914-15. Photo by John Watt Beattie

A view of Huonville, sometime between 1900-1949.

A view of Huonville, sometime between 1900-1949. Photo by John Watt Beattie

A photograph of members of the Tasmanian branch of the Federated Carters and Drivers Industrial Union of Australia gathered for a Eight Hour Day Parade, circa 1920.

A photograph of members of the Tasmanian branch of the Federated Carters and Drivers Industrial Union of Australia gathered for a Eight Hour Day Parade, circa 1920. Photo by John Watt Beattie

The scenery and peoples of the islands in the South and Western Pacific.

The scenery and peoples of the islands in the South and Western Pacific. Photo by John Watt Beattie


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