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LITTLE, William (1839-1916)

Jubilee Sketch of Ballarat, 1887. Presented to Lady Loch, by His Worship the Mayor of the City of Ballarat.

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[Cover title]. Also titled: Jubilee sketch, issued under the auspices of the City Council : Ballarat’s birth, 1837, and Ballarat’s jubilee, 1887. By William Little, A City Councillor. Ballarat [Vic.] : James Curtis, printer, 1887. Octavo (245 x 160 mm), original presentation binding of full morocoo blind-tooled and lettered in gilt (spine and edges worn, but boards unrubbed and bright); text block detached; pp. 36, text pages set within decorative border; special presentation edition illustrated with 18 original albumen print photographs, each 120 x 200 mm, mounted on unnumbered leaves, as issued; some mild foxing at margins of the photograph mounts, otherwise excellent throughout.

Presented to Lady Loch, wife of the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Brougham Loch, by either Thomas Houlden Thompson or his successor William Collard Smith, who both held the office of Mayor of Ballarat in 1887. The author of the text, William Little, a minor colonial poet, would himself serve as the town’s mayor in 1889-90.

Although most of the mounted photographs are views of Ballarat, they also include one of a display of Aboriginal weapons and utilitarian objects, and two portraits of Aborigines from the Mortlake district, Kaawirn Kuunawarn (Hissing Swan) and Yarruun Parpur Tarneen (Victorious), which had previously been published by James Dawson in his Languages and customs of several tribes of Aborigines in the Western District of Victoria (1881) – although here the sitters are not identified and are treated merely as a generic “chief” and “chieftess”.

‘This work was issued in two different formats: a trade issue, in paper wrappers, without illustrations, and a presentation issue with a varying number of photographs on unnumbered leaves. The M.L. possesses a presentation copy to the Earl of Hopetoun illustrated with twenty photographs. The SLSA possesses a presentation copy from the Mayor of Ballarat to the Governor Sir H. B. Loch illustrated with eighteen photographs….’ (Holden)

The presentation copy we offer here, for Lady Loch, was clearly originally a companion to the one presented by the mayor to her husband.

Holden, Photography in colonial Australia : the mechanical eye and the illustrated book, 69; Ferguson, 11662 (noting the trade issue only)