Landscape photographers reinvented the colonial project in Australia

Colonial Australia was a product of vision and imagery: literally developed through chemicals, glass and light, says Jarrod Hore.

Jarrod Hore, UNSW

Colonial history overflows with commodities. From the early 1800s, wool generated extraordinary wealth for squatters and pastoralists and substantial investment in the Australian colonies. In the 1850s, gold motivated tens of thousands of people to work the earth or service the diggings. Coal, copper, tin, wheat, barley and cotton all assumed importance at different times.

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