Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 15240

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas (1860-1933)

    A group of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    Five photographs on early printing out paper, each approximately 100 x 145 mm, unmounted; all are outdoor shots of Aboriginal subjects (four with the photographer’s pencilled caption verso); sourced with a group of Lingwood Smith portrait photographs of South and Central Australian Aborigines in identical format, inscribed in the same hand and bearing contemporary captions in ink ‘South …

  • # 16638

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount), circa 1870s; verso with studio imprint of ‘E. H. Dufty, Photographer, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie’; the albumen print is in very good condition, with slight fading at the upper and lower edges; the mount is fine. Edward Henry Dufty (1850-1905), the son of Bath …

  • # 16636

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905); DUFTY, Walter Frederick (1854-1919)

    Portrait of Gomenna, holding a gourd jar, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a couple of tiny spots of foxing; the mount is fine. Although this photograph is not inscribed, the title and attribution are derived from the inscriptions on a photograph with the …

  • # 16644

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two young Kanak women in traditional dress, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the print with some light foxing, the mount fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak women was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. This identification, and the dating of the photograph to the late …

  • # 16642

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men holding spears and clubs, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print in very good condition, with slight loss of contrast; else in fine condition with good tonal range. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. …

  • # 16641

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905)

    Photographic portrait of three Kanak women, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount), verso with studio imprint of ‘E. H. Dufty, photographer, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie’; the albumen print is slightly faded, the mount with some pale foxing. Edward Henry Dufty (1850-1905), the son of Bath photographer Francis Dufty and his wife Martha (née Stow), left England …

  • # 16640

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a few faint spots of foxing; the mount is fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and …

  • # 16639

    DAVIS, John (active Samoa, 1871-1893)

    Photographic portrait of a Samoan woman with tapa cloth, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); partial blindstamp of ‘J. Davis Photo’ visible lower left; this is an early ‘photograph of a photograph’ – perhaps pirated but possibly also by Davis himself – hence the image is second state; in fine condition. Whilst also acting as postmaster in Apia, …

  • # 17099

    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 …

  • # 16655

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928) and JONES, C.D.

    Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.

    [Title from manuscript caption on mount]. Circa 1890. Albumen print photograph, 195 x 147 mm; blind stamp of Kerry & Jones, 308 George Street, Sydney at lower left; laid down on original nineteenth century album page, contemporary caption to lower margin of mount ‘Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.’; the albumen print with …

  • # 15836

    RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899

    Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.

    A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …

  • # 16695

    GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)

    Tahiti : texte et photographies de L. Gauthier.

    Paris : Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, [1933]. Series: Variétés 1. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated stiff wrappers, pp 16 (text), followed by 64 black-and-white plates of Gauthier’s celebrated photographs of Tahitian people and landscapes; a very good copy. Only two copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Gallery of Australia, Research Library; State Library of …

  • # 16692

    SOCIÉTÉ DES MISSIONNAIRES DU SACRÉ-COEUR

    [NEW GUINEA] Yule-Island. Centre de la Mission. Nouvelle-Guinée.

    [Issoudun, France : Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur, c.1910]. Lithographic postcard, 88 x 139 mm, recto with printed caption Yule-Island. Centre de la Mission. Nouvelle-Guinée; verso printed Carte Postale; not postally used, in fine condition. The French Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Missionaries) established a mission on Yule Island, on the south coast …

  • # 16434

    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, original cloth-backed faux tortoise-shell pattern papered boards with gilt stamped lettering and ornament, containing folding concertina of [12] panels with leporello reproductions of Kruger’s photographic portraits of surviving leaders of Aboriginal tribes of Victoria, originally taken at various times between …

  • # 16427

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginals’ mia-mias, Lake Tyers

    [Title from caption in image]. Richmond, Vic. : printed at the Eagle Press, [circa 1908]. “E.J.B. Series”. Chromolithographic postcard, 88 x 138 mm; verso with handwritten message mentioning May 8 1908 as the date for a forthcoming concert; in very good condition. This image was taken at the Aboriginal reserve at Lake Tyers in east …

  • # 15021

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933

    An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …

  • # 15333

    [BREWER & CO.]

    Views of Hong Kong : 12 real photographs for your snap-shot album

    [Hong Kong] : [Brewer & Co.], [c.1920]. “Series 1.” Twelve silver gelatin photographs, in format 60 x 85 mm, no photographer’s imprint, most with handwritten captions in the negative, versos blank; contained loose within their original printed card mailing envelope, 70 x 90 mm, with a George V Hong Kong four cent postage stamp placed in the …

  • # 15695

    Photographer unknown.

    Gold digger and Aborigine, Port Darwin, September 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 67 mm, no photographer’s imprint; verso with a contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Costume of the diggers in P.D. All the gentlemen dress just like they do in Melbourne. Mr. Solomon’, and dated in pencil in the same hand ‘September 19th 1875’; the albumen print has lost some contrast …

  • # 15746

    CAIRE, Nicholas James (1837-1918)

    [ABORIGINES] Group of natives, Victoria

    Circa 1895. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, original printed label affixed to one of the paper borders, ‘Group of Natives, Victoria’; in good condition. An exterior portrait of an Aboriginal group in European clothing at Lake Tyers Mission, in far eastern Victoria. The image was taken by the photographer …

  • # 15479

    DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER (Staff photographer)

    Aborigines watching the arrival of Amy Johnson’s aeroplane at Darwin, May 24 1930.

    Press photograph, printing out paper, glossy print, 215 x 165 mm, verso with a Daily Mail (U.K.) journalist’s typed description of the photograph pasted down, accompanied by what are evidently contemporary annotations made by an unidentified American newspaper’s editorial staff, including the word ‘Negroes’, and the newspaper’s date stamp of ‘Jun 21 1930’; the print has a light …

  • # 15650

    McCOOK, Winifred (1923-2015)

    Photograph of a group of Papuan children, inscribed in Tok Pisin

    [Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea, c.1965]. Black and white photograph on glossy paper, 75 x 105 mm; verso inscribed in Tok Pisin by one of the boys in the portrait, for the photographer, Australian anthropogist and lawyer Winifred McCook: ‘Mi laikim sampela pato bilong papa na mama na susa brata bilom yu tu. Mi gat lupela …

  • # 15035

    MÜLLER, Henry (Heinrich) (attributed)

    Photographic portraits of a young Aboriginal woman, Toowoomba, 1868-69

    Two albumen print photographs in carte de viste format, each 103 x 65 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (versos blank); some mild spotting, mostly confined to the peripheries of the prints and the mounts themselves. A pair of superb studio portraits of the same young woman, one a full length portrait of her holding a …

  • # 15048

    [HOGG, John J., attributed]

    Photographic portrait of an Aboriginal youth holding a sword club, Queensland, circa 1895

    Albumen print photograph, 150 x mm, unmounted; no photographer’s imprint; some corner creasing at upper right corner, otherwise in good condition. The young subject is holding a sword club from the Queensland rainforest region; the other studio props are a Queensland Gulmari shield and a fighting boomerang. The photographer was possibly John Hogg, who produced …

  • # 15038

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928)

    “Warryne”. Aboriginal, Yass district, N.S.W.

    Albumen print photograph, 200 x 150 mm, unmounted; manuscript caption in the negative ‘1954. “Warryne”. Aboriginal, Yass district, N.S.W. Kerry Photo. Sydney’; blindstamped lower left ‘Kerry & Co. Photo. 508 Geo. St. Sydney Copyright’; a strong print with good tonal range, light foxing and mild creasing at the corners. A compelling portrait by Charles Kerry …

  • # 15036

    Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal men dressed for ceremony, Central Australia, 1900-1910

    Gelatin silver photograph, 88 x 142 mm, manuscript caption in the negative ‘Group of natives at Alice Springs’, verso with contemporary inscription in ink ‘Wild blacks in paints ready for Corroboree, Central Aust.’; mild vertical creases at left and right edges, otherwise very good.

  • # 15037

    SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

    Photographic portrait of an Aboriginal elder, Murray River, South Australia, circa 1920

    Gelatin silver photograph, 150 x 103 mm, verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘River Murray Tribe. Govt. Photog.’; in fine condition (the tiny white scratch in the upper section is in the negative).

  • # 14996

    HOARE, Susan

    Photographic portrait of a young Tahitian woman, Papeete, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 64 mm (77 x 52 mm oval image); recto of mount imprinted ‘Mrs S. Hoare, Papeete, Tahiti’; in fine condition.

  • # 15012

    WHITE, Samuel Albert (1870-1954)

    Photographs of the Everard and Musgrave Ranges Expedition, South Australia, June-September 1914

    A highly important record of early European contact with the Yankunytjatjara people. Eight gelatin silver print photographs, each 100 x 127 mm, unmounted; versos with the photographer's pencilled captions and sequence numbers; all of the prints are in fine condition. Although principally an ornithologist, by the early 1900s Adelaide-born Samuel White 'had earned a reputation …

  • # 14735

    Photographer unknown.

    A group of Aborigines in ceremonial decoration, Central Australia, circa 1900

    Gelatin silver print, 153 x 104 mm; unmounted; a little wear at top left corner and some very faint creasing, otherwise fine. Two men and a woman pose for the camera, with their dog and a traditional shelter immediately behind them. A white canvas tent belonging to an interloper – most likely the anonymous photographer …

  • # 14235

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portraits of native men, Admiralty Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 1910

    Three large format photographic magic lantern glass slides, each 120 x 90 mm, the mounts with paper labels bearing the same contemporary manuscript caption in German Admiralitätsinseln (Admiralty Islands) and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; all three slides are in superb condition.  These powerful portrait photographs were taken not …

  • # 14236

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portraits of Germans and natives, Neu-Mecklenburg, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 1910

    Two large format photographic magic lantern glass slides, each 90 x 120 mm, the mounts with paper labels bearing the same contemporary manuscript caption in German Neu-Mecklenburg (the German name for New Ireland) and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; both slides are in superb condition. These intimate portrait …

  • # 14186

    GROUP SERIES

    [BLACK AMERICANA] Future Rulers of Florida

    [U.S.A.] : “Group Series”, [between 1890 and 1900]. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, 77 x 145 mm, mount 90 x 170 mm, captioned in negative Future Rulers of Florida; the mount imprinted “Group Series”; verso blank; the print is in good condition with slight loss of contrast to the left side; note that the print is …

  • # 13724

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographic portrait of King Tidy, Brisbane, circa 1868

    [Title from engraved breastplate worn by the subject]. Albumen print, carte de visite format, 90 x 60 mm, on mount 104 x 65 mm; numeral “9” inscribed in ink in contemporary hand at lower margin recto of mount; verso blank; the albumen print in fine condition with rich tonal range. We can locate only two …

  • # 13728

    KERRY, Charles, 1857-1928; [MESTON, Archibald, 1851-1924]

    Aborigines from Meston’s Wild Australia troupe performing a staged corroboree, Sydney, 1893

    Albumen print photograph, 155 x 205 mm, laid down on its original album page, blind stamped lower left Kerry & Co. Photo 308 Geo. St. Sydney; the albumen print is in fine condition. A rare and important image taken on a theatre stage with an elaborately painted backdrop of exotic tropical scenery. The men are part …

  • # 13729

    COURRET HERMANOS, CALLAO; [DUESBURY, Samuel, attributed]

    Group of Aboriginal women and breastfeeding infant, Brisbane, circa 1868

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 90 x 56 mm, mount 103 x 67 mm; recto with red printed border, lower margin with imprint of Courret Hermanos, 36 Calle de la Constitucion, Callao in red, and a contemporary inscription in ink Indians – Eastern Peru and a faint pencilled inscription in the same hand Indios de …

  • # 13855

    MARQUIS, Daniel

    Two studio photographs of Aborigines, Brisbane, late 1860s

    Albumen print photographs, carte de visite format, each 101 x 64 mm, versos with imprint of Marquis, Photographer, George Street, Brisbane; both of the albumen prints are in very good condition, the mounts with some pale foxing. Marquis opened his studio at 82 George Street in 1866. These elaborately composed portraits – a tableau of an …

  • # 14022

    HARDING, William James

    Studio portrait of four young Māori women, circa 1867

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 91 x 62 mm, mount 105 x 63 mm, blind stamped W.J. Harding at lower right margin; verso with contemporary inscription 'Group of Maorie Ladies For Mr. J. Allison'; both the albumen print and mount are in very good condition.  A fine studio portrait by the early Whanganui photographer, …

  • # 13991

    Photographer unknown.

    Portrait of a Māori with facial tattooing, moko

    Circa 1870. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 78 x 55 mm (image), 104 x 63 mm (mount), no photographer's imprint; verso with early pencilled inscription Paull Haks; both the albumen print and mount are in very good condition. A fine studio portrait of a Māori man with facial tattooing, moko, wearing European clothing.

  • # 14021

    HARDING, William James; [TAYLOR, Richard, Rev. 1805-1873]

    Chair carved by Putiki Māori and presented to Reverend Richard Taylor as a personal gift

    [Whanganui : William James Harding, probably between 1860 and 1870]. Albumen print photograph, 205 x 130 mm, on its original nineteenth century album page, contemporary inscription above image '2. Calabash & Maorie chair with arms, box & idol'; the albumen print has lost some contrast, and has a short tear at the lower right edge …

  • # 13717

    LINDT, J.W. 1845-1926 (attributed)

    Flute players, Ambrym, New Hebrides, circa 1890

    Silver albumen print, cabinet card format, 105 x 165 mm, inscribed in the negative “No. 59 Ambrym, New Hebrides”; recto of mount embossed in gilt “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”; verso blank; the albumen print is in fine condition with excellent tonal range. A rare image capturing a performance by …

  • # 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 …

  • # 4923

    DAMMANN, Carl; DAMMANN, F.W.

    [ABORIGINES] Ethnological photographic gallery of the various races of men

    Cover title: Races of mankind. London : Trübner & Co., [1876]. First English edition. Oblong folio, green embossed cloth, upper board with gilt lettering (boards with a little discoloration), silk endpapers, all edges gilt, title page and 24 pages of plates comprised of 167 albumen print photographs mounted recto and verso of 12 leaves of card, …

  • # 13061

    Photographer unknown.

    Wedding portrait of an Aboriginal couple, Koonibba Mission, west coast South Australia, circa 1925

    Private [i.e. non-commercial] photograph on Velox paper, 101 x 75 mm; verso with paper adhesions from an old album page, but with the violet wet stamp “Velox” still visible; in fine condition. The plaque on the stone building behind the unidentified couple is the foundation stone of the Lutheran Children's Home, Koonibba, which was opened …

  • # 12239

    BURTON BROS.

    Muster of “labour”, Mango, Fiji.

    Albumen print photograph,145 x 195 mm, numbered and captioned in negative 2601. Muster of “labour” – Mango – Fiji, laid down on original board mount with photographer's imprint of Burton, Dunedin at lower right and printed title The Camera in the Coral Islands at lower left; foxing around the edges of the mount (not affecting …

  • # 12144

    UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD (publishers)

    Aboriginal men with boomerangs, baskets and spear. Coranderrk, near Healesville, Victoria, circa 1905

    Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each image 80 x 80 mm, mount 87 x 177 mm, recto with printed caption Sons of Australia's aboriginal huntsmen and warriors, with their boomerangs, publishers' sequence numbers and imprint of Underwood & Underwood, Publishers, New York, London etc.; verso with printed information about the Australian Aborigines, including mention that the …

  • # 11209

    CHASE, H.L., attrib. & WILLIAMS, J.J., attrib.

    Group of eleven photographs of Hawaii, 1870-1883

    Twelve 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 …

  • # 11990

    BURTON BROS.

    Native village – near Suva, Fiji.

    Albumen print photograph,150 x 210 mm, numbered and captioned in negative 2522. Native village – near Suva, Fiji, laid down on original board mount with photographer's imprint of Burton, Dunedin at lower right and printed title The Camera in the Coral Islands at lower left, mild foxingaround the edges of mount (not affecting image), otherwise …

  • # 11959

    ILES, A.J. (Arthur James), 1870-1943

    Views and Maori studies of Rotorua, New Zealand’s wonderland

    Rotorua, N.Z. : A.J. Iles, photographer, [c.195]. Oblong quarto, original brown card covers, front with lettering in white and pictorial onlay of children performing the “haka for a penny” (contemporary inscription at top corner), original ties, containing [12] leaves, the recto of each with a sepia tone permanent carbonette process photographic print tipped-in, a fine, …

  • # 11954

    Album of New Zealand views

    Wellington, N.Z. : S. & W. Mackay, (Triad Office), n.d. [c.1900]. Oblong octavo, original decorative stiff wrappers and ties, [35] leaves with photographic illustrations printed recto only, including one folding panorama of Wellington, a near fine copy.  The views are from all parts of both the North and South Island and include Christchurch, Napier, Whanganui …

  • # 11437

    McNICOLL'S NEWS AGENCY.

    Murray River Aboriginals, Corowa, N.S.W.

    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.