Henry Merrilees

Henry ‘Harry’ Merrilees, was born in 1860-61 to James Merrilees of Scotland and Susan Thomas of Ireland, in Victoria, possibly in the Smythes Creek area, near Ballarat. James appears to be a gold miner and briefly visits New Zealand in August 1862, where maybe he was trying his luck on the NZ goldfields. James died…

Charles Powis

Charles Powis was born 1 Sept 1816, in Southwark, London, to tailor Robert and Elizabeth Powis. The family immigrated to the Swan River colony aboard the Rockingham, in 1830. Charles grew up in his father’s trade but later branched out into painting, sculpture, plastering and paper-hanging. In 1860, he also advertised Photograph Miniatures on Ivory, Chromotypes…

George Braithwaite Phillips

George Braithwaite Phillips was born on 5 March 1836 in Guildford, Western Australia to John Randall Phillips and Martha Jane Smith. John had arrived in the Swan River colony on the Protector, on 25 February 1830, being one of the first settlers in the colony. Martha accompanied him as a 21-year-old servant, they later married in 1836….

George Henry Lovewell (Lovewell, Wing/Sivyer & Co)

George Henry Lovewell was born in 1855, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Samuel Joseph Lovewell and Adeline Foster. Samuel was a photographer and was known to have photographed a number of Civil War scenes. After learning the trade from his father, George moved to California and opened a tin-type studio in Stockton, California, before migrating to…

Edward E. Miller

Edward, aged 22, was sent to Western Australia as a convict aboard the Marion, in January 1852 after being sentenced to 7 years transportation for house burglary. He was almost immediately granted a Ticket of Leave and set about looking for a space to set up a studio in March 1852. It seems he had been…

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…

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…

Tasman Latimer

Tasman Latimer, formerly of Melbourne, opened his photographic studio in Hay Street, Perth, behind the West Australian Bank in July 1886. The studio was run until January 1895 when he moved his studio to premises between St George’s Tce and the river. This studio lasted until 1898. By 1905 he had left his wife and returned…

Nixon & Merrilees

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…