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Old Film:: Labourer in the South West (1940s)

The South West of Tasmania and the Central Highlands would be a hard piece of country if somebody had to make a living. Even more so way back in the 1940s. This photograph was scanned from a 6cm x 9cm film negative made by my grandmother Elvie Ruth Bonner (1901-1986) sometime around the 1940s. A lot of my grandmother’s photographs through the 1940s and 1950s were of itinerant workers (friends and family) who made a living as general labourers.

Railway worker

I particularly like this photograph because of the way it captures that tough landscape. This is a beautiful documentary portrait of a man who earned his bread with bone grinding physical work. I have no idea who he is or his connection to our family.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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