Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 35465

    DAVIES, Alan; STANBURY, Peter

    The mechanical eye in Australia: photography, 1841-1900

    Melbourne : Oxford University Pres, 1985. First Edition. Quarto, publisher’s black cloth in fine dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, 270 pp, profusely illustrated, a fine copy of the most useful reference work on Australian colonial photography yet published, now scarce.

  • # 33315

    TURNBULL (LEAKE) (née GELLION), Mary (1841-1920) (compiler); BONNEY, Frederic (1842–1921) (photographer)

    Two albums of photographs and ephemera compiled by Mrs Mary Turnbull (Leake), including photographs of Aborigines on Momba Station near Wilcannia, New South Wales, and a studio portrait of pastoral heiress Letitia Sarah Leake, of Glencoe Station, South Australia. Late 1870s to early 1880s.

    Album 1. Quarto (280 x 220 mm), gilt-ruled half brown morocco over tan pebbled cloth boards (detached from contents), upper board with the initials ‘M. T.’ stamped in gilt, spine with raised gilt bands; all edges gilt, front pastedown with binder’s ticket of Charlwood & Son, Bourke Street, Melbourne; [85] leaves (thickish paper stock, the …

  • # 34326

    Maker unknown.

    [NEW GUINEA] A group of hand-coloured magic lantern slides with ethnographic subjects.

    [s.l. : s.n., circa 1910]. Four glass magic lantern slides with hand colouring, uniform 82 x 82 mm format; the mounts have captions in white ink: ‘New Guinea holding up a piece of home made tapa cloth’; ‘New Guinea family crests’; ‘New Guinea carrying bird Birds of Paradise down to the coast’; and ‘New Guinea …

  • # 34936


    Studio portrait of an Aboriginal woman wearing a kangaroo skin cloak, carrying her young child on her back. Adelaide, 1869-75.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 85 x 56 mm; unmounted; a strong print with excellent clarity, in very good condition. Another example of this carte de visite, on a mount bearing the imprint of Otto Von Hartitzsch & Co., 113 Rundle Street, Adelaide, was sold at Charles Leski Auctions (Melbourne) in September 2010. …

  • # 35256


    [NEW GUINEA] Official record of the unveiling of the Mount Lamington memorial, Popondetta Cemetery, Papua.

    [Canberra : Commonwealth Government Printer, 1953?]. Oblong folio (230 x 355 mm), original green cloth over boards, rivet bound, [4] leaves with text (rectos only), followed by [9] leaves each with a mounted gelatin silver print photograph and printed caption (rectos only); as well as images documenting the unveiling ceremony itself, the photographs include two of the …

  • # 32149

    BEATTIE, John Watt (1859-1930)

    Governor Davey’s Proclamation to the Aborigines, 1816. Presented to the Museum by Mr. A. Bolter, 1867.

    [Circa 1890]. [Title from image]. Albumen print photograph of a lithograph held in the collection of the Tasmanian Museum; 260 x 180 mm, blind stamped J. W. Beattie, Photographer, Hobart at lower left; laid down recto of a leaf removed from a 19th-century album; some short edge tears and light foxing at top edge, otherwise in …

  • # 20856

    WINTER, Alfred (1837-1911); WOOLLEY, Charles (1834-1922); (TRUGANINI) TRUGERNANNER (1812?-1876); WILLIAM LANNE (1835?-1869)

    Twin photographic portraits of Trugernanner (Truganini) and William Lanne, taken at Oyster Cove in 1866 by Charles Woolley.

    Two albumen print photographs, each approximately 150 x 100 mm (sheet), both blind stamped at lower left ‘A. Winter, Photo., Hobart Town’; laid down on their original mount of thick card, with respective captions in ink in the lower margin: ‘Trucanini, last of Tasmanians (a woman) / Billy or William Lannie – the last native …

  • # 34650

    SEMMLER, H. E.; HOFF, A. B. C. (Carl); [DULDIG FAMILY]

    Koonibba Mission, South Australia : a small archive of private photographs, sent by Nurse Semmler to members of the Duldig family, 1924-29.

    Group of 14 (fourteen) gelatin silver prints, various formats up to 85 x 110 mm, printed on Kodak paper; thirteen are inscribed verso in fountain pen or pencil by the Mission Nurse, Miss H. E. Semmler, most with a caption describing what is happening in the photograph, and a short greeting addressed either to her friends, …

  • # 34062

    WISEMAN, Judith Proctor

    Thomson time : Arnhem Land in the 1930s : a photographic essay

    Melbourne : Museum of Victoria, 1997. Quarto, boards in glassine dustjacket (tear with tape repair to head, edges rubbed), illustrated endpapers, pp. xvii, 94, illustrated. Photographs by anthropologist Donald Thomson. This is an insight into an important period of Australian history and the lives of Yolngu people of Arnhem Land in the 1930s. This was …

  • # 32754


    Sydenham Bowden and his young servant. Melbourne, circa 1874.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 64 mm (mount); verso imprinted ‘Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co., Artist Photographers, By Appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., and to His Excellency the Governor. 3 Bourke St. East, next the Post Office, Melbourne’; the print has some light mottling in the negative, but is …

  • # 33506

    ROBLEY, Horatio Gordon (1840-1930) (artist); MONKTON, Charles Henry (1840-1890)

    Gateway of Maketu Pa

    [Title from inscription on mount]. [Wanganui : C. H. Monkton, circa 1865]. Albumen print photograph of a watercolour sketch by Horatio Gordon Robley, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘London Photographic Company, C. H. Monkton, Manager’; both the albumen print and the mount are in very good condition; …

  • # 33446

    KRUGER, Johann Friedrich Carl (Fred), (1831-1888); [PERKINS, Horace]

    Album of the kings &​ queens of Victoria

    [Melbourne : compiled and published by H. Perkins & Co., The Gift Depot, c.1880]. Duodecimo, blue papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, cloth spine, containing folding concertina of [12] panels with lithographic illustrations after Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at various times between around 1866 …

  • # 33251

    ANNEAR, Judy et al.

    Portraits of Oceania

    Sydney, N.S.W. : The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1997. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 122, illustrated. Co-ordinating curator & editor, Judy Annear ; exhibition research & assistant curator, Wayne Tunnicliffe ; assistant co-ordinator, Silvia Velez ; photography assistant & copy editor, Robyn Donohue. Portraits of Oceania is drawn from the collection of the Art …

  • # 32889

    Photographer unknown.

    [ABOLITIONISM; BRAZIL] Henry (Harry) Ulusiboo, a slave freed by British diplomat Henry Hayne in Rio de Janeiro, probably around 1820.

    [Southampton, U.K.? : photographer unidentified, circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount); verso with an ink inscription, probably contemporaneous with the portrait, ‘Harry Ulusiboo, for 50 years servant to Henry Hayne Esq., who bought and “freed” him at Rio about 1817’, and with a small mounted albumen print …

  • # 31254

    RIEMER, Gustav Adolph (1842-1899)

    [ABORIGINES; WESTERN AUSTRALIA] Australien. King Georges-Sund Wohnungen.

    Stereoscopic albumen print photograph (78 x 74 mm each image) on orange card mount (85 x 175 mm); recto of mount with printed caption across lower margin: 342. Australien. King Georges-Sund. Wohnungen; in the left margin: Photographie von G. Riemer, Zahlmeister S.M.S. Hertha. Verlag von Gustav Lierach & Co, Berlin S W 48; and in …

  • # 29297

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …