Cape River: North Queensland’s first gold field

colorized print of a Richard Daintree photograph of Cape River gold field

The most notable features of Cape River society are patience, patchwork, rags, resignation, Chinamen, and fleas. In July, 1867, a party of six prospectors reported finding gold on the upper reaches of the Cape River, about 130 miles west of Townsville. By the following month there were 250 diggers on the field, and by October, … Read more

Richard Daintree and the first photographs of North Queensland

Richard Daintree studio portrait

Richard Daintree (1832-1878) was one of the first photographers in Australia, and after beginning his career as a geologist and photographer in Victoria, Daintree moved north as a business partner of pioneer pastoralist, and well-known North Queensland explorer, William Han, in 1864. Thus, Daintree has left a legacy of photographs documenting life in the north … Read more