Keast Burke
photographer, photo historian, editor of the Australian Photo-Review


A web site dedicated to Keast Burke

Keast Burke (1896-1974)

Photographer and distinguished photographic historian, Keast Burke was editor of Kodak's Australasian Photo-Review later becoming the first Australian editor of Australian Photography (1961-69).

He was photographic consultant to the National Library of Australia from 1964 until his death and contributed greatly to the preservation of Australian photographic history.

Keast re-discovered the 19th century photography collection of Beaufoy Merlin, B O Holtermann and Charles Bayliss. This collection became known as the Holtermann Collection although the title does not accurately describe its provenance.

In 1953, based on extensive research on the collection, Keast published three articles in the Australasian Photo-Review under the tile of Gold and Silver, the title of the book he was to publish years later.


A.P.-R. #3, 1953
focussed on
Beaufoy Merlin

A.P.-R. #5, 1953
focussed on
B O Holtermann

A.P.-R.#7, 1953
focussed on
Charles Bayliss

We have established separate photo-web pages devoted the life and works of each of these interesting charachters:


GOLD AND SILVER: An Album of Hill End and Gulgong Photographs from the Holtermann Collection

Keast Burke 1973

uploaded in 2009


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