Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 24194

    [WILDER, Joseph Warrin, attributed]; HYAMS, John (publisher)

    Studio portrait of two young Aboriginal men. Early 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 65 mm (mount), 82 x 57 mm (image), verso with imprint of Hyams’ Portrait Rooms, 67 Collins Street, East, Melbourne; fine condition. Based on comparison with a very similar portrait (see Bitter Fruit, p. 235) it is highly likely that this photograph was taken by Joseph Warrin …

  • # 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 …

  • # 23463

    Photographer unknown.

    [NEW GUINEA] Harvest dance, Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands.

    [Circa 1906]. Printing-out paper print photograph, 120 x 165 mm, inscribed in ink verso ‘Harvest Dance. Kiriwina, Papua’; the print contains a great amount of detail, but is slightly faded and has a light corner crease at upper right. Kiriwina, the largest of the Trobriands, lies to the north of the southeastern tip of New …

  • # 23455

    KEYSTONE VIEW COMPANY (publishers)

    A home of the Australian Aborigines of Queensland, the Most Primitive People on Earth.

    [Title from printed caption on mount]. [Between 1910 and 1920]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each image 78 x 78 mm, mount 86 x 177 mm, recto with printed caption A home of the Australian Aborigines of Queensland, the Most Primitive People on Earth, publishers’ sequence numbers and imprint of Keystone View Company, Manufacturers Publishers, Made …

  • # 24265

    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 …

  • # 23336

    [WASHBOURNE, Thomas Jetson, 1832-1905]

    Maggie Stone, granddaughter of Queen Mary of the Wolgalu (Monaro district, southern New South Wales). Photographed in the Tangambalanga district near the Murray River, northeast Victoria, circa 1869.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (verso blank); a strong print with good tonal range and clarity. One of a seres of indigenous portraits taken in northeast Victoria around 1869 by travelling photographer Thomas J. Washbourne. These portraits were probably taken on the Aboriginal reserve at Tangambalanga …

  • # 22710

    S.H. BENSON (publisher); Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal man and woman holding puppies, seated outside a humpy with canvas covering.

    [Between 1900 and 1910. Possibly New South Wales or Queensland. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, printed series title to mount: ‘By Forest and Desert’, together with printed label of the maker, ‘S.H. Benson, 1, Tudor St., London, E.C.’ and printed sequence number ’24’; the slide is in fine …

  • # 23334

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; PORTEOUS, Stanley David; Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate; Columbia Pictures]

    [ABORIGINES] The Blonde Captive.

    [Los Angeles, California] : Columbia Pictures, [1932]. Promotional photograph for the film ‘The Blonde Captive‘ (1932), showing a group of Aboriginal women (probably Central Australia); gelatin silver print on glossy paper , 200 x 255 mm, lower margin with printed title and Produced by the Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate, an absolutely authentic amazing adventure. A …

  • # 22246

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    Photographic portraits of Aborigines from New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, 1892-95.

    Suite of fifteen albumen print photographs, format 200 x 150 mm; each with blind stamp of ‘Kerry & Co. Photo, 308 George St. Sydney’ and with manuscript sequence number and title in the negative; a few with some toning or fading, but the majority are strong prints in very good condition; mounted and framed. Northern Territory subjects: 605. Port …

  • # 22249

    LINDT, J.W. (John William) (1845-1926)

    Clarence River man holding didjeridu.

    [Circa 1873]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 150 mm, manuscript sequence number ‘4’ in negative lower right; a strong print with good tonal range, small flaw in the negative upper right, but in fine condition; mounted and framed. One of the famous series of tableau portraits of Clarence Valley Aboriginal people taken by German-born photographer …

  • # 21665

    DICK, Thomas (1877-1927)

    Aborigines of the Hastings River district, NSW.

    [Sydney : Dick Collection, Australian Museum, c.1980]. Complete set of 14 large format (410 x 510 mm) black-and-white photographic prints taken from photographer Thomas Dick’s original 1920s negatives held in the Museum’s collection; Museum’s printed caption labels to versos of 12 of the 14 prints, preserving Dick’s own field notes; a fine complete set, as issued …

  • # 21868


    Photographien aufgenommen und gesammelt von Gustav Boehm, Offenbach a. M., gelegentlich seiner Reise um die Welt 1899-1901. 1. Serie / Views taken and collected by Gustav Boehm … during his voyage around the World 1899-1901.

    Offenbach am Main : Gustav Boehm, [c.1901]. “1. Serie” [First series]. Original box, 210 x 100 x 25 mm, of thick card covered in maroon leather with gilt-stamped titles in German and English to lid (rubbed, a little worn at corners and edges), underside of hinged lid with pasted-down colour world map showing the ‘Route …

  • # 21318


    Photographs of British colonials and local Malays on Bukit Hitam rubber plantation, Selangor, Malaysia, circa 1910.

    Group of 21 gelatin silver photographs, most in format 80 x 100 mm (some 135 x 85 mm), mounted recto and verso of 3 album leaves removed from a disbound album; the album owner’s handwritren captions to pages, identifying a number of the people in the photographs (we know the compiler of the album was …

  • # 21228

    Photographer unknown.

    A Yoruba village watchman in tree. Jebba district, Northern Nigeria, circa 1910.

    Silver gelatin print photograph on card stock, 80 x 130 mm, tipped onto a page (165 x 125 mm) removed from a disbound traveller’s album, photographer’s inscription beneath image in ink: ‘Native Watchman. Shewing how he protects himself from wild animals during the night’; lengthier pencil inscription in the same hand to verso of print …