# 43188

[BLINKS, Harry]

[QUEENSLAND] Handmade photo album compiled by a selector in the Gayndah district, North Burnett region, 1911-14.

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Handmade album, lightweight card stock, 150 x 200 mm, original ribbon ties, hand-decorated front cover with map of Australia and rising sun lettered in white ‘Greetings from Queensland’; [7] leaves, each with a 90 x 140 mm gelatin silver print mounted on the recto, with an accompanying caption in white ink on the mount; with a further 11 gelatin silver prints in the same format (a few slightly larger, a couple duplicated) loosely enclosed, several with captions on the verso identifying the bridge at Gayndah, and also including a real photo postcard of SS Themistocles taken by Harry Blinks in Melbourne en route to Brisbane, addressed to his sister in England and mailed from Brisbane on 28 August 1911 – the day of SS Themistocles’ arrival there; some fading and occasional minor faults, but generally the photos are in very good condition; the album covers and leaves are extremely well preserved.

The information on the back of one of the photographs in this charming little handmade album has allowed us to identify the amateur photographer who compiled the album with a fair degree of certainty: he was Harry Blinks, from Harrow in Middlesex. Harry sailed from England to Australia on the maiden voyage of SS Themistocles in February 1911. After calling at Melbourne and Sydney, the ship arrived at Brisbane on 28 August 1911. From Brisbane Harry probably made his way up to Rockhampton. The photos in his album document his journey by horse and cart to his selection in the Gayndah district, and his early days on the land there. There is one photo of a local Aboriginal family. The album and loose photos were all sent back to Harry’s family in England – which is where this album was sourced. We believe Harry might be the same Harry Blinks who passed away in Caboolture in 1942.