Photograph - Sophus Bruhn at Work, South Melbourne, circa 1983 - 1985 Image Reg. No: SH 912283

Colour photograph of Sophus Bruhn at work, taken by Ian Smith, Custom Colour Pty. Ltd circa 1983-1985. Sophus called in the photographer from next door to photograph him turning the largest piece of timber he had ever turned. It was found on top of lathe shelving Area B1 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
Mounted colour glossy photograph. Mount is softwood with black paint on the sides.
Description Of Content:
Sophus Bruhn in his workshop dressed in khaki overalls turning a large piece of wood on his lathe.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 25.70 cm (Height), 0.70 cm (Width), 33.40 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, handcrafts
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: workers' portraits
Format: Photograph: Colour
Photographer: Mr Ian Smith - Custom Colour Pty. Ltd., South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1983-1985
Person Depicted: Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1983-1985
Place & Date Used: Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1983-1990

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