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Photograph - Interior, National Museum of Victoria, circa 1871 Image Reg. No: SH 950097

A framed sepia photograph of the interior of the National Museum of Victoria located at Melbourne University taken by Charles Nettleton, circa 1871.

This photograph is part of a small group of five photographs and one glass negative taken by Charles Nettleton during 1870 - 1895. They feature views of significant Melbourne buildings and interiors including the Treasury Building, the Old Museum, and the (Royal) Exhibition Building. The small collection is significant as it provides a visual record of Melbourne's early development, and also reveals the work of an important local photographer.

Charles Nettleton was a prolific outdoor photographer who worked over a period of forty years in Australia, after moving to Melbourne from the United Kingdom in 1854. He became well known for his photographic expertise and in 1858, opened his own studio. In 1867, he was appointed official Royal photographer in Australia and he also worked as the official police photographer for over 25 years in the 1860s - 1880s. His photographs were exhibited at international exhibitions in Dublin in 1865, Paris in 1867 and Sydney in 1879. Nettleton retired in 1890, as new dry plate photographic technology made the wet place process he employed redundant. His photographs are held by major institutions around Australia.
The photo is mounted on card which has yellowed with age and is framed in an ornate, gold coloured frame The glass from the frame is missing. The photo is backed with brown paper, most of which is missing and is hung with wire secured on either side of the frame with a screw-ring.
Description Of Content:
A framed sepia photograph of the interior of the National Museum of Victoria located at Melbourne University taken by Charles Nettleton, circa 1871. The photo shows many cabinets and displays of animals, bones and artefacts along the two levels of the hall.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Museum of Victoria, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 44.00 cm (Height), 1.50 cm (Width), 49.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: museum displays, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Architecture & Buildings
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Original Caption: Old Museum Interior, circa 1871
Inscriptions: Handwritten: C. Nettleton/ Old Museum/Melbourne. On reverse: ...to: taken prior to 1871 ([Illegible. intials]).
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1871
Photographer: Charles Nettleton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1871
References: see R.T.M. Pescott, Collections of a Century: The History of the First Hundred Years of the National Museum of Victoria, 1954, p. 67

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