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…

Johann von Petz

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

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…

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…

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…

Webb & Webb

  Thomas & George Webb previously worked in Swanston Street, Melbourne, before setting up a studio at 101 High St, Fremantle in December 1897. This studio ran until April 1901 when it was taken over by Mr’s Bayley & Craig, as the Adelphi Studio. Webb & Webb briefly held two studios when they opened a…

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…