April 27, 2012
Paul Foelsche's photography might have remained a hobby if it wasn't for the International Exhibitions of the 1870s. The South Australian Government was keen to promote its 'northern territory' to international investors, and Foelsche was asked to contribute photographs of Darwin and of the townships, mines, and country to the south.
Paul Foelsche, Boab tree, Victoria River, Northern Territory, 1891
This is frontier photography made by an police Inspector who commanded the Northern Territory police force for 34 years from 1870 to 1904 and who explored the landscape around Darwin. He appears to have built on the work done by Captain Sweet in the Northern Territory.
Paul Foelsche, Termite nest, with Corymbia foelscheana, early 1880s
Foelsche generally avoided large panoramas over a wide extent of country.