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Western Australia_Meckering

www.thebigcamera.com.au/

 

We visited this camera museum at Meckering (about 130 km east of Perth, along the Great Eastern Highway) during our drive across the Nullarbor Plain. I believe it is the only camera museum in Western Australia, possibly Australia. The owner repairs all cameras and said that all of them were working.

The outside of the building looks a bit 'shabby' but the display room is well organized, air-conditioned, and the cameras are locked behind glass in display cabinets. There are also recordings to tell the history of cameras, photography and everything that goes with this subject. On the counter we found some old magazines which were interesting too, especially in this digital age!

Remember the 'peanuts' and the flash cubes? :)

 

I copied the following from a website:

 

The Big Camera Museum is the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Australia and the building is shaped like a giant camera with displays of over 1000 items including cameras (dating from eight years before photography was invented right up to the present), projectors, enlargers, processing equipment, magic lantern projectors and slides, movie cameras and projectors( from nine and a half millimetres up to super eight millimetres),epidiascopes, zoetropes, phantascopes, kaleidoscopes and three dimensional photography.

 

There are examples of the first type of photograph, the daguerreotype, along with examples of ambrotypes and tin types. Every camera on display has been checked and all are fully operational.

 

I found it very interesting and was delighted to find my very first camera on display, a Kodak Instamatic!

 

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Taken on May 8, 2010