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Mitre Peak photographed by Alfred Burton, around 1889 (3rd of 5)

Mitre Peak photographed by Alfred Burton, around 1889

Mitre Peak is a landscape photographer's dream, with the sheer sides of the mountain replicated on the mirrored surface of Milford Sound. Alfred Burton of the Dunedin-based Burton Brothers firm took a number of photos of the peak in the 1880s. His images of Fiordland record its unspoiled natural beauty and were instrumental in promoting the tourism potential of the area. 

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Photograph by Burton Brothers

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How to cite this page:

Peter Ireland, 'Photography - Early photography, 1840–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43205/mitre-peak-photographed-by-alfred-burton-around-1889 (accessed 22 May 2019)

Story by Peter Ireland, published 22 Oct 2014