Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 31436


    Murray River Aboriginals, Corowa, N.S.W

    [Title from printed caption]. Corowa, N.S.W. : McNicoll, [c.1904]. Photogravure process postcard, recto with printed caption and short handwritten message to margin, postally used from Corowa to the U.K., postmarked December 6 1904, with the personal wet stamp of the sender, George Wiburd of Corowa; verso with pale foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

  • # 31437

    Photographer unknown.

    [TORRES STRAIT; QUEENSLAND] Native dancer and musician, Murray Island.

    Circa 1910. Photomechanical process postcard, 90 x 140 mm, recto with printed caption in lower margin ‘Native dancer and musician, Murray Island’; postally unused, verso imprinted ‘Post Card’ with no publisher indicated. In very good condition. A rare photographic image of a masked dancer and musician playing a shark-mouthed drum, taken on Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres …

  • # 30712

    YOUNG, Michael W.

    [NEW GUINEA] Malinowski’s Kiriwina : fieldwork photography 1915-1918.

    Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998. First edition. Small square quarto (248 x 220 mm), publisher’s black cloth over boards with gilt lettering to spine, in the pictorial dust jacket, pp x, 306; profusely illustrated with b/w plates reproducing Malinowski’s important ethnographic photographs; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), …

  • # 30492


    An African slave trader with Caucasian and African female slaves.

    [Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph of an oil painting, carte de visite format, 100 x 65 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Goupil & Cie, Paris; in fine condition. This carte de visite reproduces a painting of a Barbary slave market, depicting African slave traders with female slaves – both African and Caucasian. It was photographed …

  • # 28371

    NEWTON & CO. (maker) ; [MORRIS, Guy Clayton, 1868-1918, photographer]

    Reconstructed moa and Maoris.

    [Title from ms. caption on mount]. [London, U.K. : Newton & Co, 43 Museum Street, circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm; black paper border with ms. caption and old collection number in white ink; slide maker’s label partially obscured at top corner; in fine condition. This extraordinary image is one …

  • # 28794

    [Various photographers]

    Six studio portraits of Māori men and women, 1870s.

    [New Zealand : various studios, between 1870 and 1880]. Group of 6 (six) albumen print photographs in carte de visite format, all trimmed to 82 x 55 mm and laid down on their original nineteenth-century album page, 225 x 275 mm; no photographers’ imprints visible (but likely to have been taken by at least one …

  • # 30351

    SPENCER, Walter Baldwin, Sir (1860-1929)

    The photographs of Baldwin Spencer

    Edited by Philip Batty, Lindy Allen and John Morton. Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 2005. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. xv; 223, illustrated. ‘In 1894 Spencer was appointed as biologist and photographer for the Horn Expedition, the first scientific expedition to Central Australia. In 1901, he and Frank Gillen set off from Oodnadatta to Borroloola and took an …

  • # 28660

    FAUCHERY, Antoine (1823-1861) and DAINTREE, Richard (1832-1878)

    Gyps land blackfellow.

    [Title from inscription on mount]. Albumen print from collodion wet-plate negative, 239 x 193 mm, laid down on its original board mount as issued, 372 x 287 mm; fully contemporary inscription in ink to bottom margin of mount, Gyps land blackfellow. This is an exceptional print with beautiful tones and great clarity; the mount has a …

  • # 29201

    CAIRE, Nicholas John (1837-1918)

    Aboriginal group, Lake Tyers, Gippsland, Victoria.

    Circa 1895. Photographic magic lantern glass slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘20. Group of Natives, Victoria‘, plus a larger label printed ‘20‘; fine condition. A superb group portrait of an Aboriginal group in western clothing taken on the Lake Tyers reserve in …

  • # 29046

    Photographer unknown.

    Billy Billy Mary and two other Aboriginal men photographed at Cloncurry, northwest Queensland, 1913.

    Gelatin silver print, 40 x 60 mm, laid down on a section cut from an old travel album page, with the photographer’s racist inscription beneath the image in white ink, dated at Cloncurry, 1913; the photograph is in good condition, with enough clarity to enable us to read the name ‘Billy Billy Mary’ on the …

  • # 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 …

  • # 28289

    Photographer unknown.

    Distribution of blankets to Mandandanji people at the Court House, Roma (Queensland), 24 May 1880.

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x 205 mm, laid down on a nineteenth-century album page (split card); manuscript caption in negative at lower left: ’24TH MAY COURT HOUSE, ROMA’; mount with sequence number ‘114’ in manuscript at bottom margin (presumably written by the album compiler), and later identification in biro ‘Roma’ at top margin. The print …

  • # 28882

    REILLY, Dianne & Jennifer CAREW

    Sun Pictures of Victoria : The Fauchery-Daintree Collection 1858. (Presentation copy)

    Melbourne : Library Council of Victoria, 1983. First edition. Quarto (295 x 260 mm), publisher’s gilt-lettered black cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket (lightly rubbed), pp 143, with 53 full-page photographic plates, introductory essay, notes and references; presentation inscription by one of the authors, Jenny Carew, on the half title; a very good copy. …

  • # 28795


    [BLACKFACE] And they made it hotter still!

    Melbourne : George Rose, [circa 1900]. Rose’s Stereoscopic Views. Stereoscopic silver albumen print photographs, each individual image 85 x 70 mm, on board mount 89 x 177 mm with the publisher’s imprint recto; numbered and titled in the negative: ‘896 And They Made It Hotter Still’; a humorous scene with a gambling theme – note …

  • # 28162

    SPITZ, Charles Georges (1857-1894)

    Studio portrait of a tattooed Marquesan dancer.

    [Circa 1887]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 140 mm, unmounted; verso with fully contemporary caption in pencil: Marquesan dancer; a strong print with rich tonal range and excellent clarity and contrast; the print is in very good condition, with the tiniest of nicks at two of the corners and some insignificant light creasing to the …

  • # 27611

    Photographer and maker unknown.

    Re-treatment plant at Kalgoorlie, Western Australian goldfields. Circa 1900.

    [s.l., s.n., circa 1900]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, with original manuscript caption label ‘Kalgurli (sic) Retreatment Plant’; in very good condition.