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…

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,…

John Glasson

A UK photographer who arrived in Western Australia per the Fitzroy in 1876. Briefly operated a photographic studio next to the Victoria Hotel in Geraldton from October 1878 until around April 1879.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…