East Asia

The Austro-Hungarian Mission to East-Asia (1868-1869)

In October 1868, the two warships “S.M. Donau” and “S.M. Erzherzog Ferdinand” left the port of Trieste under the guidance of Contre Admiral Anton Freiherr von Petz (1819-1885) and set off for the “Imperial and Royal Expedition to East Asia”. The main goal of the expedition was concluding trade and shipping agreements but it also raised several scientific claims. The 23-year-old promising photographer Wilhelm Burger (1844-1920), famous for his extraordinary knowledge of the tannin-dry process, was hired as photographer.
The travel route led the expedition to the ports of Messina, Algiers and Tenerife from where it reached Cape Town in January 1869. After a three-week stay, the crew headed for Singapore, wherefrom it had to travel to Bangkok overland. The stay allowed Burger an extensive photographic documentation of the Kings of Siam and their Royal Households as well as Siam’s everyday life and the architectural miracles of the temples. Having concluded the required agreements in May 1869, the expedition went ahead to Hong Kong, Shanghais and Beijing. Burger used the time to photograph numerous precious Chinese artefacts from the fourteenth century upwards. In August 1869 the expedition set forth for the last target of the journey: Japan. Concluding the agreements in Tokyo quickly, the East-Asian Mission could be successfully closed in October 1969. Burger was ordered to stay in Japan and finish his photographic documentation, while “S.M. Donau” continued her circumnavigation of the globe to South America. After his return home, Wilhelm Burger was awarded the title “Imperial and Royal Court Photographer” for his extraordinary achievements during the voyage.

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1865 - 1869
287 Bilder

last update 26.06.2019