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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Duryea Brothers

Townsend & Sanford Duryea were two American born brothers who immigrated to Australia for the gold rush of the 1850’s. Townsend arrived in 1852 and his brother followed him to Melbourne in 1854. But they quickly sold their mining equipment and went into the photographic business opening a number of studios in Melbourne, Geelong and…