Twenty high resolution (2 - 4MB) photographs featuring a sample of the work of Bert Roberts have been uploaded onto Wikimedia Commons. This is to enable others to access and enjoy the photographs of early 20th century life in Queensland. We are supportive of copyright free imagery being shared for educational purposes.
An advantage that using Wikimedia has over other photo hosting sites, such as FLICKR, is that Wikipedia articles can be written or linked to the photo subject matter. New information unearthed by Wikimedia researchers since posting the photographs has been invaluable. However, monitoring usage and repurposing of free media files on Wiki Commons can be a challenge.
Bert was an Ipswich coachbuilder by trade, but a true renaissance man at heart. Bert’s interests included geology, music, Aboriginal culture, nature and the modern technology of the early 1900s. His broad interests and love of life are reflected in the many photographs he took. These photographs have been digitised from plate glass negatives; about 1000 were donated to the museum by the Roberts family.
This trial is a result of collaborations made between the Queensland Museum and Wikimedians at the GLAM/Wiki Conference held in Canberra in August 2009.
A representative selection of Bert Roberts photographs and curatorial descriptions can be accessed from this Wikimedia Commons Link.