Edwin Truscott Gill

Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1846 to Edwin Jackson Gill and Elizabeth Truscott, Edwin, grew up to be a general house carpenter and cabinetmaker. Later advertisements mention his attachment to the Fine Arts Department of the London Framing Company, where he restored oil paintings and their frames. No doubt a trade learnt from his Gilder father….

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…

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.

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…

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…