L. Gray-Williams & Co (Royal Studio)

Lewis Gray-Williams was born in 1870 in West Derby, an affluent area of Liverpool, England, to estate-agent William and Eliza Gray-Williams. He had three sisters, Edith, Mary and Gwendoline. He received his schooling at the Castle Street Academy in Liverpool. It is not known where he learnt his photographic trade, most probably in England as…

Maximilian William Greenfeld

Max was born c.1842 in Berlin Germany and made his way to Australia aboard the ship, Alfred, arriving in Melbourne on 15 November 1862. He moved to NSW and in 1869 married Hannah Singleton by special licence at Patrick’s Plains. They had four children, their first born in 1871, so not sure what the special licence…

Edwin Truscott Gill

Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1846 to Edwin Jackson Gill and Elizabeth Truscott, Edwin, grew up to be a general house carpenter and cabinetmaker. Later advertisements mention his attachment to the Fine Arts Department of the London Framing Company, where he restored oil paintings and their frames. No doubt a trade learnt from his Gilder father….

Iver Christian Biltoft (Biltoft & Dick, Biltoft & Co)

Iver Christian BILTOFT was born on 20 Jun 1862 in Lydum, Denmark, the son of Peter Vedsted Biltoft and Kristine Marie Jensine Jensdatter. He came to Australia with his parents as part of an Assisted Immigration scheme at just 10 years old in 1873, first settling in Rockhampton, Queensland where he became a photographer from…

Adelphi Studio (Bayley, Craig & Cambie)

Mr’s Bayley and Craig took over the photographic studio of Webb & Webb at 101 High St, Fremantle, in March 1901, renaming it Adelphi Studio. From the beginning a lady was employed to ‘assist the members of the weaker sex to make them ‘look nice”. The same lady may also have been a retoucher. The…

Nathaniel Mews Armstrong

Nathaniel was the youngest son of 14 children, born in 1855 to Francis Fraser Armstrong and Mary Ann Mews (from the well-known boat building family in Fremantle.)  His father was a collector for the Perth city council and local interpreter for the indigenous population. Nathaniel was named after one of his Scottish ancestors, Nathaniel Gow,…

John Glasson

A UK photographer who arrived in Western Australia per the Fitzroy in 1876. Briefly operated a photographic studio next to the Victoria Hotel in Geraldton from October 1878 until around April 1879.

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…

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…