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Chinese miners being landed on the beach. Chinese flocked to the Palmer River Gold Fields. They were treated dreadfully by the crews of the emigrant ships and were literally dumped into the sea at Cooktown and forced to salvage their luggage as it washed ashore.



Published in The Illustrated Australian News. 1875.


Wood engraving 202mm x 227mm.


Artist. Oswal Rose Campbell. (1820-1887)


Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was reintroduced and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method.  It also made it possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time.

All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.



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