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Negative - Shearing Sheep in a Shearing Shed, Swan Hill, 1959 Image Reg. No: MM 052045

Summary:
Black and white 5" x 4" negative showing a shearer shearing sheep at Swan Hill, 1959.

This image is part of the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria comprising approximately 85,000 negatives taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s. These negatives are all mostly large format [5"x 4"/ 12.5 x 10 cm], black and white images, though a significant number are in colour. The many photographic jobs that were undertaken in the course of thirty years are itemised in a set of log books, copies of which are also held by Museum Victoria.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.
Description:
Black and white 5" x 4" cellullose acetate negative.
Statement Of Significance:
Because of the breadth of both the subject matter photographed and the diverse businesses which commissioned the work, and the excellent documentation that accompanies the collection, the Laurie Richards Collection at Museum Victoria is an invaluable record of Melbourne?s commercial and industrial past and as such gives an insight into the social history of that period.
Description Of Content:
A male shearer shearing sheep with electric shears in a farm's shearing shed at Swan Hill, 1959.
Acknowledgement:
Laurie Richards Collection, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 103 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: farm animals, farms, shearers, shearing, shearing sheds, sheep, textiles, wool
Themes this item is part of: Laurie Richards Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Laurie Richards Studio, Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Shearing & Wool Handling
Tertiary Classification: shearing sheds
Original Caption: Shearing Sheep, Swan Hill
Format: Negative: Black & White; 5 in. x 4 in.
Place & Date Depicted: Swan Hill, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 18 Aug 1959
Photographer: Laurie Richards Studio, Alphington, Victoria, Australia, 1959

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