Photographer / Publisher unknown.
Album of Snowy and Broadrib Rivers, Croajingolong.
[Victoria, Australia] : s.n., [1889?]. [Title from front cover]. Nineteenth century photograph album. Quarto (245 x 205 mm), original olive-green cloth over boards, the upper board with title and decorative border printed in gold (rubbed and stained), containing  albumen print photographs in identical 100 x 150 mm format, mounted in pairs on  leaves of thick card, with separately printed captions pasted below each image; the subjects include portraits of Aborigines, settlers and surveyors, views of commercial and public buildings in bush townships, and topographical views; the photographs are in uniformly good condition (a few with slight loss of contrast), and the majority have excellent tonal range; the mounts are free from foxing.
The southern alpine and coastal region of Croajingolong in East Gippsland occupies the very far eastern corner of Victoria, near the border with New South Wales. It is the country of the Krauatungalung clan of the Gunai/Kurnai nation. At around the time these photographs were taken this wild and remote region still had relatively few European settlers, although it was beginning to be traversed by gold prospectors and surveyors. A telegraph office was established at Orbost as early as 1890, but the railway line would not reach the township until 1916. In the 1880s and 1890s excursionists to East Gippsland could take the train from Melbourne only as far as Bairnsdale; more popular was the trip by steamer to the Lakes area, followed by a journey into the rugged hinterland on horesback or by coach.
The only other example of this specially prepared photograph album we have been able to locate is one held by the Orbost Historical Society. That example has an identically worded manuscript title on the cover, but with the date 1889 added at the end. The internal evidence in the photographs is thoroughly consistent with a dating of around 1890, and gives no reason to doubt that the 1889 date is correct. Presumably only a small number of examples of the album were produced; they were perhaps sold to tourists in Orbost or Marlo, since the album contains a significant number of views of these tiny townships. The photographer and publisher – possibly one and the same person – are unidentified. However, it is worth noting that the album is very similar in format and make-up (particularly in its use of printed caption labels) to one titled Gippsland through the Camera, produced in Sale in 1889 by Brookes’ Photographic Union, the commercial partnership of brothers Albert Edward and Frederick Augustus Brookes.
List of captions to the photographs:
 Coach Road to Orbost
 Snowy River Punt
 Bird’s Eye View of Orbost, on the Snowy
 Orbost, Main Street
 Orbost Club Hotel
 Orbost State School
 Orbost Home Station
 Orbost Post Office
 Pack Horses leaving for Survey Camp [outside George Temple’s Orbost Equitable Grocery, Ironmongery and Drapery store]
 Pack Horses Fording the Broadrib
 Pack Horses, arrival at Survey Camp
 Surveyors Camp, McCulloch Ranges
 Sport Day at Orbost
 The Lady’s Picture [group of women at Orbost Sport Day]
 Blacks Camped in the Forest
 Blacks Camp
 Broadrib Bridge
 Snagging Boat in Broadrib
 Road-makers’ Camp, Broadrib
 Broadrib Punt
 Marlo House, at Mouth of Snowy
 Lady of the Lake landing Excursionists
 View at Marlo
 View at Marlo [variant]
 Flying Fox Camp
 Flying Fox Camp [variant]
 Cabbage Trees at Cabbage Tree Creek, the only spot in Victoria where it is found
 as above [variant]
 Lake Kerlip, Broadrib
 Lake Kerlip
 McCulloch Forest
 View at Marlo [variant]