Welch, Edwin James

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Welch, Edwin J.
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Surveyor; Artist; Photographer; Draughtsman; Painter; Professional photographer; Collector; Explorer; Editor
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Along with James Murray, Welch was the expedition photographer for the Victorian government relief party to the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861. Welch had the great distinction of personally finding King, the sole survivor.

painter, sketcher, professional photographer, surveyor, explorer and collector, was a son of a naval captain who had served with Nelson and the brother of Captain David Welch RN. Trained as a surveyor, he was attempting to improve his artistic skills by taking drawing lessons from William Strutt when he was invited to join Alfred Howitt 's official Victorian government relief party to the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861 at a salary of £120. He was then given lessons in photography from Melbourne’s leading studio of Batchelder and O’Neill so he could also act as the expedition’s photographer. Before setting out he and Howitt took four photographs of Studley Park in December 1861, which proved 'eminently satisfactory’. He took more when he reached the Darling, each time recording the subject in his diary. The first, taken on 1 January 1862, was of Menindie. 'Two days later he took a distant view of the entire expedition as well as a close-up of members of the party stuffing saddles at their camp. By 8 January, he had used six plates which Sampson took to Melbourne. Welch wrote in his diary: “Hope they are good ones.”’ (Bonyhady, p.34) After his sight began to fail, James Murray took over as the expedition photographer. All their photographs were ruined back in Melbourne when the messanger taking them to be developed at Batchelder and O’Neill’s opened them in the sunlight to see what they were like. Welch collected and documented European and Aboriginal material at Cooper’s ...

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  • fl. c.1861 - c.1899

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Edwin Welch was surveyor and Second-in-command of A.W. Howitt's search party for the relief of Burke and his companions 1861.

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    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science

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  1. Papers
    Welch, Edwin James
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1909 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Edwin James Welch miscellaneous papers, 1862-1909
    Welch, Edwin James
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1909 ]
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  3. Edwin James Welch scientific memoranda, 1861
    Welch, Edwin James
    [ Unpublished : 1861 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Stylographic pens used by [Edwin James Welch], boards used on H.M.S. Victory at Trafalgar
    Welch, Edwin James
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  5. Papers relating to Burke and Wills Expedition
    Welch, Edwin James
    [ Unpublished : 1861-1862 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  1. Papers
    Welch, Edwin James
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1909 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  2. Volume 225: Angus & Robertson manuscripts by Edwin J. Welch - The Tragedy of Cooper's Creek, being the Story of the Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition, between 1900 and 1916?
    [ Unpublished : 1916 ]
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    Volume 225: Angus & Robertson manuscripts by Edwin J. Welch - The Tragedy of Cooper's Creek, being the Story of the Burke and Wills Exploring Expedition, between 1900 and 1916?
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  3. Burke and Wills Expedition papers, 1859-1909
    [ Unpublished : 1859-1909 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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