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…

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…

Johann von Petz

Johann von Petz was a European photographer who operated in the second half of the 19th Century.

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…

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…

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…

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…