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Photograph Album - 'Melbourne Photographs', Charles Nettleton, Melbourne, Victoria, 1890s Object Reg. No: ST 032129

Blue leather album containing 49 photographs taken by Charles Nettleton in the 1890s. The album is labeled 'Melbourne Photographs'.

A set of 42 photographs of Melbourne taken in the late nineteenth century by the commercial photographic studio of Nettleton and Arnest. The collection features significant Melbourne buildings and streets including Parliament House, the Treasury Buildings, St Patrick's Cathedral, the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne University Colleges. Few people feature in the photographs, which are predominantly focused upon architecture. The collection is significant as it provides a visual record of Melbourne's early development, and also reveals the work of an important local photography studio.

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. 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.

John Mond Arnest's history and association with the firm of Nettleton and Arnest is more obscure. Arnest emigrated from America to Melbourne in the 1880's and was employed by the large photographic firm of William Nutting Tuttle and Co in Elizabeth Street. He operated a photographic studio in Hamilton, before settling in Colac where he lived and worked as a photographer until his death in 1920.
Blue leather album.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width), 280 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: albums, rural landscapes, barroni
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Image Making
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Title on front cover: Melbourne Photographs
Photographer: Charles Nettleton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880
References: C. Nettleton, Melbourne illustrated by photographs. First series . Melbourne : C. Nettleton, 1868

C. Nettleton, Nettleton's photo-views of Melbourne & suburbs [picture], c. 1890

Jack Cato, (1955), The story of the camera in Australia' (Melbourne: Institute of Australian Photographers). 1975

Allan Sierp, Colonial Life in Victoria: Fifty Years of Photography 1855-1905, (Melbourne, Rigby Ltm), 1972

Alan Davies & Peter Stanbury, The Mechanical Eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press) 1985

Leigh Hammerton as photographed by J.M. Arnest Colac and district, 1896-1920. Maiden Gully [Vic.]: Crown Castleton, 1990.

Picture Australia www.pictureaustralia.org

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