Image Gallery: Ash Island today

Ash Island is part of Kooragang Island in the Hunter River estuary near Hexham. From 1827 until 1866 it was the property of Alexander Walker Scott and formed the idyllic backdrop for the research and creation of his book Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations (volume one published in 1864 with volume two 1890-1898).

These photos were taken during exhibition development for the Museum’s Beauty from Nature: art of the Scott sisters. Those taken by photographer Stuart Humphreys feature in the exhibition itself.

As can be seen, Ash Island contains a range of different habitats including floodplain rainforests, salt marshes, woodlands and mangroves. They provide a haven for numerous and varied species, most obviously birds, frogs and fish, but also crabs, worms, insects and small mammals.