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(1875 pictures)
Picture relating to Townsville - titled 'John Melton Black's residence, the first home in Townsville built around 1865'
Picture relating to Cooktown - titled 'Finch's Bay, Cooktown, 1876'
Picture relating to Caloundra - titled 'Group of men enjoying a day at Shelley Beach, Caloundra, ca. 1885'
Picture relating to Sandgate - titled 'Sandgate Baptist Church and the foreshore, Brisbane, ca.1887'
Picture relating to Emu Park - titled 'Hunters Point at Emu Point, Rockhampton region, ca. 1887'
Picture relating to Sandgate - titled 'Sandgate beach looking towards Cabbage Tree Headland, ca. 1890'
Picture relating to Dunwich - titled 'Beach at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, ca. 1890'
Picture relating to Dunwich - titled 'Beach and headland at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, ca. 1890'
Picture relating to Townsville - titled 'Surf beach, The Strand, Townsville, Queensland , ca. 1895'
Picture relating to Townsville - titled 'North Beach area of Townsville, ca. 1900'
Picture relating to Gold Coast - titled 'View of Bilinga Beach, Gold Coast, ca. 1900'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Father and daughters at the beach, 1900-1910'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Group of children build sandcastles on the beach, 1900-1910'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Group of girls walking along a beach, 1900-1910'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'On the Beach - a girl wearing a large hat stands with six younger children near the water's edge, 1900-1910'
Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Group of women and a boy on the sand at an unidentified beach, 1900-1910'

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      John Melton Black's residence, the first home in Townsville built around 1865

      contributed by QldPics, taken in 1865
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      View Melton Hill in Townsville, looking north. The residence belonged to John Melton Black and was constructed around 1865, the first house in Townsville. The small structure to the rear is Black's observatory. The range in the far distance in the extreme right is Cape Pallarenda, the beach on the right is The Strand and the suburb of North Ward. The small hill at the end of the beach being Kissing Point.
      Richard Daintree, geologist and photographer, was born in 1832 in Huntingdonshire, England. He matriculated at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1851 and in 1852 joined the gold rush to Victoria. Unsuccessful as a prospector he became assistant geologist in the Victorian Geological Survey until 1856. On a visit to England he became interested in photography and when he rejoined the Geological Survey in 1859 he pioneered the use of photography in field-work. In 1864 he became a resident partner with William Hann in pastoral properties in the Burdekin country of North Queensland. There he was able to indulge his passions for both photography and prospecting. When the pastoral boom collapsed he used his knowledge to open up goldfields at Cape River (1867), Gilbert (1869) and Etheridge in 1869-70.

      Daintree advocated a geological survey of Queensland and when it began in 1868 he was geologist in charge of the northern division until 1870. In that year he made some of his finest photographic studies. In 1871 his collection of photographs and geological specimens formed the mainstray of Queensland's contribution to the Exhibition of Art and Industry in London. He was sent to England as commissioner in charge of this display, although much of it was lost when the ship carrying Daintree and his family was wrecked. In London he was appointed Queensland's agent-general in 1872. Due to ill health Daintree resigned in 1876 and died in Kent on the 20th June, 1878. His photographs , taken under difficult conditions by the cumbersome wet-plate process, are superb specimens of the art and present a vivid picture of early settlement in Queensland.

      This picture is also part of the following Bonzle photo collections: