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….

Walter William Thwaites (Snr)

Walter William Thwaites was born in 1815 in London, to miniature portrait artist Walter William Thwaites and Charlotte Yeomans. He arrived in NSW in 1834 (ship unknown) and worked for the Auditor General’s Department in Sydney for a number of years. In 1839, he married Jane McLean in Sydney and had three children. The family…

R. Wilson

Advertised in The Herald that he was opening a photographic gallery in High Street, Fremantle on 17 August 1867. Full name not known.    

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…

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…

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…

Alfred Hawes Stone

  Alfred Hawes Stone came out to the Swan River colony just a few months after Stirling had arrived in 1829. He took up photography in his later years after three decades as a prominent colony lawyer and Supreme Court Registrar. Many of his photos have survived and present a clear window into Perth in…