At the Salt Rock Caves, Huon, Tasmania

At the Salt Rock Caves, Huon, Tasmania

At the Salt Rock Caves, Huon, Tasmania
Stereograph by Thomas J. Nevin ca. 1870
TMAG Ref: Q16826-15

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Two different stereographs taken on the same day, possibly only minutes apart of a group of men who could have been surveyors on government business, given Nevin’s government stamp on the verso of the group of five portrait. The TMAG has identified the location as the Salt Caves, at the town of Victoria (also called Ranelagh, now Huonville), in the Huon Valley, 38 km south of Hobart Tasmania. The first shows five men in supine poses leaning against the entrance to a cave; the second shows two men posed in similar fashion in another spot within the same cave location. The first, with five men, bears Nevin’s Royal Arms insignia stamp, the second showing two men, does not. The blank verso of the second stereograph with two men indicates that Nevin used the first, the group of five men, to register the stamp, and the second was supplied as a copy for the same commission fee. Verso bears Nevin’s government contractor stamp with Royal insignia.