George & Walton (Ernest Eden & Henry John)

Ernest Eden George (b.1863, NSW) moved to New Zealand as a young man, making a name for himself as a photographer in Christchurch and going into partnership with a Henry John Walton, trading as George & Walton. They later opening  an Auckland branch of the American photographic franchise, Tuttle & Co., before moving back to Christchurch, opening a…

Greenham & Evans (Charles & Laura)

Charles George Greenham was born around 1853, in Jersey, England. He arrived in Melbourne with his parents and 3 siblings aboard the Boanerges in 1862. In 1873 he married Kate Murray, they had 5 children. She died in 1883 after the birth of their fifth child. A second marriage for Charles George Greenham is registered on 25…

Tuttle & Co (William True Bennett)

William True Bennett was born in 1836 in Michigan, USA.  He made his way to Australia around 1857, setting up a studio in Brisbane, intending to stay for a few days, but ended up staying 20 months and marrying a local girl, Mary Teresa Greenwood, in December 1858. More information on his life in Queensland…

Hemus & Hall (James William Hemus)

James William Hemus (born 1860, Warwickshire, England) operated at the ‘San Francisco Palace of Art’ in George Street, Sydney around 1884-85 with fellow photographer, William True Bennett. By 1885 he was working with another photographer, Godfrey, before heading down to Melbourne where he was contacted by Bennett in November 1890, offering him a position in…

Stephen Montague Stout

Stout arrived in Fremantle as a convict aboard the Lord Raglan on 1 June 1858 with 268 other convicts. He left behind a wife (Pauline) who he later divorced and child (Kedgewin) who died of scarlet fever in 1860. Being a literate man he used his time on board the ship to produce a weekly paper…

Chopin & Gill (Alfred Kirk Chopin & Edwin T. Gill)

Alfred arrived in Western Australia as a convict aboard the Norwood on 6 April 1867. He was sentenced to 10 years transportation for receiving stolen goods, known to be stolen. His brother, William was sentenced to 20 years transportation for forging receipts and arrived with him on the same boat. Alfred was given a free pardon…

Yeldham Gallery (Jane Manning)

Jane arrived in WA with her parents and brother James, aboard the convict ship Scindian in 1850. Her father James Manning was an engineer and helped design many of the colony’s convict-built buildings including the Perth Town Hall. At age 18, Jane became the first West Australian, professional, female photographer when she opened the Yeldham Photographic…

Manning & Knight

See James Manning Jnr for more information. James Manning Jnr went into partnership around October 1868 with a Mr Knight. This is either C. Knight, a painter/photographer from Hobart, or, more probably, Nathan Elias Knight. There are two photographs 1,2, taken of Nathan by Manning & Knight, his wife gifted two photographs from 1869 & 1872,…

James Manning Jnr

James, born in London on 22 Jan 1842, arrived in WA with his parents and sister Jane, aboard the convict ship Scindian in 1850. His father James Manning was an engineer and helped design many of the colony’s convict-built buildings including the Perth Town Hall. James had dabbled in photography for a few years as an amateur…

Frederick Herbert

His foray into professional photography appears to be short lived, with only one advertisement in the Inquirer & Commercial News, on 21 October 1857.  His studio was situated on Howick Street, and he may have found too much competition with the popular J. Manning, whose studio was also in the same street.

Alfred Perkins Curtis

Alfred arrived in the Swan River colony aboard the Eglinton in 1852.  He married Martha Hannah Ougden in Perth on 16 August 1856 and it was through her brother-in-law, Samuel Scriven Evans, that Alfred got into the photography business. Initially a School Master for Perth Boys School, Alfred set up a studio in 1858 in rooms near…

Charles Millington Nixon

Charles Millington Nixon was born 12 Feb 1870 in Kapunda, South Australia, to Stephen Nixon and his wife Mary Ann Ellis. Charles came from a family of photographers, his father, grandfather and two of his uncles were all pioneers in the new image capturing industry.He started early and by aged 16 was advertising as a…