Batavia in Nineteenth Century Photographs provides the most comprehensive photographic reference ever published of Jakarta from the late 1850s when the earliest known photographs of the city were taken through to the closing years of the nineteenth century. One hundred and fifty-five rare photographs from leading institutional and private collections in Europe and Australia are brought together here for the first time. Extensively researched and reproduced in their original sepia tonings, many of these images have never before been published.
With an emphasis on the topographic and architectural landscape of the city, the author's aim is to transport the reader back to the Jakarta of an earlier age that is little understood and has largely vanished and bring it back to life through the window of early photography.
Scott Merrillees (1962) graduated in economics and commerce from the University of Melbourne, where he also completed a major in Indonesian studies. He has worked in Australia, Japan and Indonesia in accounting, commercial banking, srockbroking and equity research.
His interest in early photographs and picture postcards as a means of discovering the 19th century topography of major cities dates back to his teenage years growing up in Melbourne.
He is married to Theresia and has two children, Maxi and Nicole.
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