‘Sugarcane’ by Henry King

Made by King, Henry in Australia, Oceania, c. 1880-1900.

Sugarcane was brought to Australia in 1788. Attempts to grow it at Port Macquarie failed but, by 1862, a successful plantation was established near Brisbane. Many plantations employed South Sea Islanders, also known as ‘kanakas’. They worked under an exploitative system known as indentured labour, often without pay, in exchange for accommodation, food and travel costs.

Between 1864 and 1904, 61,000 Pacific Islanders were brought to work in Queensland in a form of human trafficking known as ‘bla...


Glass negative, full plate, 'Sugarcane', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, c. 1880-1900.

Silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

The negative is not fully catalogued.

45/23 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 1390 King Studio Number


215 mm


Henry King became sole proprietor of a photographic studio in George Street in 1880. Henry King's studio closed around 1900 and Charles Kerry acquired some of his negatives.
King, Henry c. 1880-1900


Australian Consolidated Press


Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985
1 January, 1970

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