Born: 18 April 1831, Berlin, Germany
Died: 15 February 1888, Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Johan Friedrich Carl (Fred) Kruger was a professional photographer born on 18 April 1831 in Berlin. Kruger arrived in Australia in the early 1860s and in 1866 he opened a photographic studio at 133 Cardigan Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria. In 1866 Kruger took the first group photograh of the Aboriginal cricket team who later played in England in 1868. Kruger was commissioned in 1877 by the Victorian Board for the protection of Aborigines to produce an album of carte-de-disite portraits of the Aboriginal people at the Coranderrk Aboriginal Mission Station. Fred Kruger died in Surrey Hills, Melbourne on 18 February 1888.
The South Australian Museum collection comprises 12 photographs of Aboriginal people in Victoria.