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…

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…

Samuel Scriven Evans

Being a remote outpost on the other side of a busier east coast hindered the amount of photographers who visited Perth and it wasn’t until the 1850’s that permanent studios started to pop up. New Yorker, Samuel Scriven Evans appears to be the first, arriving at Fremantle, on 15 January 1853 in the Abigail from New…

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…

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…

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…