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Carte De Visite - John Pascoe Fawkner, circa 1867 Reg. No: HT 21609
- This is a calling card owned by John Pascoe Fawkner.
Fawkner was one of the founders of Melbourne. He arrived in 1835 and founded the Melbourne Advertiser in 1838, to throw 'the resplendent light of Publicity upon all the affairs of this New Colony'. As Melbourne's first newspaper, it marked an important milestone for the settlement. Fawkner held passionate and contradictory beliefs. He was a teetotaller, yet he opened Melbourne's first hotel. He was charged more than once with assault and could be underhand in his business dealings, yet he was elected to Victoria's first parliament. For more than 30 years Fawkner made his mark on Melbourne. When he died, a crowd of 15,000 watched his funeral procession of over 200 carriages.
In the 19th C, cartes de visite were a very popular as calling cards. They had a definite format, which was an international standard. Small albumen photographic prints were mounted on cards 2.5 by 4 inches. They were used for decades around the world. Unlike earlier photographs made with such processes as the daguerreotype and ambrotype, cartes de visite could be sent through the mail without the need for a bulky case and fragile cover-glass.
- Carte-de-visite size portrait of John Pascoe Fawkner on studio card. Melbourne, photograph by Batchelder, circa 1867. An oblong shaped photograph, brown in colour, with a very light brown border, showing Fawkner seated at a table looking across the image from left to right with his face turned towards the camera.
|Dimensions:||105 mm (Height), 63 mm (Width)|
|Themes this item is part of:||John Pascoe Fawkner, Businessman & Melbourne Pioneer (1792-1869), Information & Communication Collection, The Berry Family Collection|
|Primary Classification:||PUBLIC EVENTS|
|Secondary Classification:||Centenary of Victoria|
|Inscriptions:||The following is handwritten immediately under the photograph:
John Pascoe Fawkner'.
At the bottom of the photograph in the border is printed:
Batchelder & Co Melbourne
The following inscription is decoratively printed on the centre of the back:
Batchelder & Co
41, Collins Street East
Pencilled(?) on the top right hand corner of the back of the card is:
10c (or 16c
|Photographer:||Batchelder & Co Photographic Studio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1867
John Pascoe Fawkner died in 1869.
|References:||http://www.photographymuseum.com/histsw.htm accessed on 27 February 2008|