Beaufoy Merlin Showman and Photographer

In 1951 one of Australia’s most significant collections of nineteenth-century photographs was found in a garden shed in Chatswood, Sydney.1 The 3700 glass plate negatives had been gathering dust for some 80 years after being moved from the North Shore mansion of Bernard Holtermann by his son Leonard.2 Most of the negatives were taken between … Continue reading Beaufoy Merlin Showman and Photographer

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Old East India Company Windmill, Government Domain, Sydney

Old Windmill. Government Domain, Sydney, 1836, lithograph, by J.G. Austin, State Library of New South Wales, PXA 662p In the early days of Sydney, this windmill stood in the Domain near Government House stables. Its exact position was close to the statue of a huntsman with dogs by Henri Alfred Jacquemart, which is still in … Continue reading Old East India Company Windmill, Government Domain, Sydney

Digital Humanities Conference 2015 Useful Links

20150530_202646, Geoff barker, 2015

The following is a list of useful links culled from the first 500 DH2015 tweets. The #DH2015 abstracts 2015 Conference program @scott_bot: From the #dh2015 attendee list, roughly 50/50 men/women. (NOTE: not authors, attendees.) PDF list of attendees 5 free chapters from Facet Publishing to read for Digital Humanities 2015 A @neatline map (work in progress) … Continue reading Digital Humanities Conference 2015 Useful Links

Australian Photogrpahy – Freeman Brothers Sydney

Unidentified man, from collodion negative, Freeman Brothers Studio, 1871-1880, Powerhouse Museum, H8504-22 Over the last couple of months I have been working on a previously uncatalogued collection of large format, 50.8 cm x 44.5 cm, glass plate negatives donated to thePowerhouse Museum in 1969. The 28 collodion portraits were found in a chest in our stores at … Continue reading Australian Photogrpahy – Freeman Brothers Sydney

Early Photographs of Sydney by William Hetzer

George St, Sydney, photo by William Hetzer, 1858-1863, original held by Powerhouse Museum The first two photographic processes were the daguerreotype (which created a positive image on a silver plate) and the calotype (which created a paper negative). Both became commercially available in 1839 but ufortunately the small population, patent restrictions and uncertainty about their permanence … Continue reading Early Photographs of Sydney by William Hetzer

AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906

Angelo Tornaghi, Australian Men of Mark, 1889 Angelo Tornaghi was born Milan in 1831 and arrived in Sydney in 1855 where he worked as a local agent for the London based scientific instrument firm, Negretti & Zambra. In 1858 he helped supervise the adjustment of Negretti & Zambra instruments which had been ordered for the … Continue reading AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906