Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 26266

    YOUNG, James Lyle (1849-1929), collector (attributed); SPITZ Charles Georges (1857-1894); HOARE, Sophia; HOARE, Charles

    An important album with photographs of Tahiti, the Marquesas, the Tuamotus and Cook Islands, collected in Papeete in the 1880s by Pacific Islands trader James Lyle Young.

    Late nineteenth-century album, folio (370 x 280 mm), red cloth boards decorated in blind (boards heavily rubbed and scuffed, hinges split), containing 90 (ninety) albumen prints, including 83 views and portraits taken in Tahiti, the Marquesas and the Tuamotus by Charles Spitz, Sophia (or Susan) Hoare and Charles Burton Hoare, three with Cook Islands subjects …

  • # 25909

    WILEY, John S.

    Aboriginal or Indian nanny with a Caucasian child. Brisbane, early 1890s.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 162 x 108 mm (mount), recto of mount with imprint of ‘Wiley, 8 Queen Street, Brisbane’ and monogram ‘W & L’ (Wiley & Lomer); verso blank; a strong print with rich tonal range and great clarity; both print and mount are in superb condition. Brisbane photographer John S. Wiley, …

  • # 25732

    J. & O. H. KERCHAVAL

    Wedding of Henry McRae and Lizzie Hamilton at Coranderrk Reserve, near Healesville, 25 August 1909.

    Silver gelatin photograph printed on card stock, 87 x 138 mm, titled in manuscript in negative ‘McWrae [sic] Hamilton Wedding Coranderrk / Healesville’; verso with photographer/publishers’ imprint ‘J. & O. H. Kercheval, Healesville’ and Kodak Austral box, with handwritten message by a resident of “Carinya, Healesville” containing a racist comment about the wedding party in …

  • # 26012


    In the track of the native.

    [Sydney] : T. Tennant, 1944. Fourth edition, revised. Small quarto (240 x 185 mm), pictorial wrappers (sunned at top edge), staple bound, 49 pp; an extended photographic essay focusing on the indigenous cultures of northern Australia (Arnhem Land and Far North Queensland) and New Guinea; b/w illustrations throughout reproducing photographs from the author’s own collection …

  • # 25768

    HUGHAN, Allan (1834-1883)

    Two views of the Kanak village at Gouars, New Caledonia, 1874.

    I. Albumen print photograph, 203 x 153 mm, inscribed in the negative at bottom right ‘Hughan 4-74’, laid down on its original board mount, 370 x 240 mm, the lower margin with contemporary caption in ink in a neat hand: ‘Cases au village de Gouars. Côte Sud Ouest’. II. Albumen print photograph, 153 x 199 …

  • # 25770

    HUGHAN, Allan (1834-1883)

    Kanak men by the waterfall at Canala, New Caledonia, 1874.

    Albumen print photograph, 199 x 151 mm, inscribed in the negative at bottom left ‘Hughan 6-74’, laid down on its original album page of thick card, 320 x 250 mm, verso with contemporary caption in pencil in ink in a neat hand: ‘Cascade à Canala’; a strong print with rich tonal range and excellent clarity; the …

  • # 25258

    SCOTT, Charles P. (1878-1928)

    Head and shoulders portrait of a Dieri woman. Hergott Springs, South Australia, early 1900s.

    Large format silver bromide print photograph, 350 x 280 mm, unmounted; verso with the photographer’s wet stamp ‘Chas. P. Scott, Waymouth St., Adelaide’ and photographer’s (?) inscription in pencil ‘Black gin / Hergott Springs 441 miles north of Adelaide’, along with the original owner’s name in ink ‘E. S. Chase’, who also wrote over the …

  • # 25659

    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 …

  • # 25226

    SCOTT, Charles P. (1878-1928)

    Suite of ten photographs taken on Allendale or Todmorden Stations near Oodnadatta, South Australia, 1903-04.

    Ten silver gelatin print photographs, most in format 150 x 200 mm (some smaller), laid down in pairs on rectos of five contemporary board mounts; versos with original owner’s name E. S. Chase inscribed in ink; the group comprises portraits of local Aboriginal people, including stockmen, women and children (one shows a group of three women …

  • # 13453

    BAER, Karl Ernst von (1792-1876)

    Types principaux des différentes races humaines dans les cinq parties du monde,

    modelés sous la direction du Pr. Baer de St. Petersbourg. St. Petersburg : s.n., [1862]. Portfolio, 500 x 330 mm, original embossed boards with title to front, original silk ties, inner front board with early collection inscription in German; containing [12] albumen print photographs, [7] in format 225 x 165 mm, being the complete first …

  • # 24282

    Siebold, Henry (Heinrich) von (1852-1906)

    Notes on Japanese archaeology with especial reference to the Stone Age

    / by Henry von Siebold, with 12 Photographic Plates. Yokohama : Typography of C. Lévy, 1879. Quarto (245 x 360 mm), original printed papered boards with red cloth spine; title page (browned and with offsetting), iii (Preface), 22, [2] (Contents and Errata) pp, followed by 12 leaves of pale green card stock each with a large …

  • # 25279


    [QUEENSLAND] Australian Aboriginal & totem pole

    Circa 1950. Black and white photographic postcard, 140 x 88 mm, manuscript caption in the negative ‘Australian Aboriginal & Totem Pole’ and ‘Qld. Govt. Photo.’ lower right; verso imprinted ‘Mowbray Series / Scenic and Historic Views’; in very good condition.

  • # 24465


    [NEW GUINEA: EARLY FILM FOOTAGE] Papua and Kalabahai : Weird haunts of strange people. A FitzPatrick Travel Talk.

    [Beverly Hills, CA : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1933]. From the series Traveltalks : The Voice of the Globe. One reel of 16 mm film (possibly a copy print?) with approximately 8 mins 30 secs of footage, in an Eastman Kodak Company metal can, later (early 1970s) printed label to front of the secondhand and collectable 16 mm film …

  • # 23731

    GIBSON, A. & K.

    Papua : one of the most interesting countries in the world.

    / Copyright Photographs by A. & K. Gibson. 12 Photographs. Port Moresby, Territory of Papua : A. & K. Gibson, [between 1930 and 1934]. Series Nos. 1-4. 46 (of 48) gelatin silver print photographs, format 63 x 89 mm, each numbered (1-12) and captioned in the negative, in the original card wallets with title and …

  • # 11209

    Chase, H. L. (attrib.) & Williams, J. J. (attrib.)

    Photographs of Hawaii, 1870-1883

    Eleven albumen print photographs mounted recto and verso of [7] pages removed from a nineteenth century travel album, all in format 175 x 235 mm, contemporary captions in French and English in ink beneath each image, the prints attached to the leaves with the original double-sided adhesive tape at each corner, occasional foxing and mild …

  • # 23482

    BAUME, Joseph Wellesh

    Aboriginal group, including a man holding a broad shield, with two Europeans. Murray River (northern Victoria or southern New South Wales), circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 65 x 102 mm (mount), verso with wet stamp of ‘Jos[ep]h Baume, Photographic Artist. From Swanston Street, Melbourne.’ and inscription in ink ‘No. 3’ (presumably the photographer’s sequence number); the albumen print is in very good condition (a tiny dint above the man with the broad shield), with …