Wonderful photograph album of Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania, with large photographs and manuscript titles. A total of 47 photos, with 33 of Victoria, 6 of New South Wales, 5 of Tasmania, 1 of New Zealand, and 2 others. Each photograph is lightly tipped on to the album paper, with blank verso. Most of the photographs are by an unknown photographer; there are also some signed by J.W. Beattie, Thomas Foster Chuck, Frank Arnold Coxhead, C. Rudd, and J.P., possibly John Paine.
One of the most striking & largest photograph is of "Aboriginals of Lake Tyers". It is an outdoor view of a family group of aborigines, from children to grand parents, dressed in western clothing, with spear, boomerangs and lean-to behind them. Others include some rather poetic views of woodcutters at Black Spur & Fernshaw; a couple of gold mining at Bendigo including Garden Gully United Gold Mining Company, with houses in fore and background. There is a series of some very striking studies of Melbourne buildings including the Empire Building, Collins St. West; Prell's Building, corner of Queen St. and Flinders Lane; Austral Chambers, Queen St., with Austral Chambers sign and "Offices to Let", by Selby & Co., 97 Queen St.; Grand Hotel, Spring St., with carriages at the front; Federal Coffee Palace, Collins St., #102, showing electrical workers, 3 of whom have climbed electrical poles; "Tuck's Buildings" (or Luck's?), Elizabeth & Flinders St, with the caption "Rent of Shop L 22.10 per week"; Government Public Offices (Melbourne), #48, with a dirt road in the foreground; Melbourne Hospital with a train moving past in the foreground; Centennial Exhibition Procession, August 1st, 1888, with Victorian Confectioner's Society banner in front; St. Kilda Jetty, busy with people fishing; another showing neighboring jetty, Hegerty's Railway Baths for Gentlemen, and fishermen with the town behind them; The New Prince's Bridge, with scattered construction debris; The Melbourne Hotel, #10, with the #220 Carlton and Abbotsford tram in the foreground; Collins St. from Elizabeth St., looking east, #73, with a busy street scene and a George & George flag flying; Modern Permanent Building Society offices, with Kilpatrick & Co. Watchmakers & Jewelers, a police box, and Auchalps Sales Rooms; Bourke St., Melbourne, full length looking west with trams, a horse and cart, Mayger's Imperial Hotel at the right and Old Whitehart Hotel at the left; Town Hall, Melbourne, a view looking down, with 2 trams & Martin & Leasances Pharmacy sign visible; Elizabeth St., Melbourne, a great snap shot view of people, traffic, a wagon and cart, electric lights, and a large Cullis Hill & Co. sign; Elizabeth St., Melbourne, a snap shot view with street traffic, a tram, the Sunbeam Tea and Luncheon Rooms in the foreground, and Lincoln Stuart & Co. in the distance; Bourke St., Melbourne, a snap shot view toward E. A. Petherick Booksellers & Publishers, with trams and traffic.
There are three views of ships - H. M. S. Calliope in Port Philip (Hobson's Bay), with 3 yachts, a tender and row boat; The Liverpool, largest sailing ship afloat; Steamship Cavo Romano New Orleans Feb 26th 94, docked with several crew sitting on barrels (with a tear).
The NSW photographs are taken in and around Sydney, mostly signed "J.P.", possibly John Paine, 1834 - 1915, including Manly Cove; Harbour from Neutral Bay, with a building under construction in the foreground, and harbour and ships in the distance; Harbour from McMahon's Hill, with flags, ferries, row boats and sailing ships; Farm Cove, with ships and Government House in the distance; Coogee (?), with a hut in the foreground; trams in a turning circle, a beach and vacant land in the distance and an unidentified grand public building, with a horse and carriage visible.
The Tasmanian photographs are unsigned. "Port Arthur, Tasmania" is a small panoramic view with the Penitentiary, ruins of Church and Model Prison, noted in the margins. Hobart from the lower slopes of Mt. Wellington, overlooking the harbour (River Derwent); a beautifully artistic photograph "Glimpse of Port Arthur, shewing side entrance to Peninsula & ruined church in distance" is framed by trees and bushes, the buildings visible in the distance.
The photographs vary in size - the largest is 29 x 23 cm; the smallest 9.5 x 15 cm; most are approximately 20 x 15 cm. Most are bright and unfaded, while some have some fading. The album is bound in red cloth with title in blue, and gold gilt and black decoration at front cover. A little loose in binding, with the last few pages blank. Overall, a very interesting album in very good condition. Full details of each photo and size available on request. Item #15347