W. Burrows and the Dowling Brothers

William H. Carl Burrows established a studio at 76 Murray Street, Hobart in 1877. He had already established a studio in Launceston in 1876, and moved there in 1878, selling his Hobart studio portrait negatives to John Bishop Osborne. This advertisement appeared in both The Tasmanian 0n March 3rd and in The Launceston Examiner, 11th May 1878. “… his brother… ” refers to Matthew P. … Continue reading W. Burrows and the Dowling Brothers

Mrs Meredith’s gun

From © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2010 ARR. This small weapon accompanied artist Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) on her painting excursions into the bush. Why she needed it, and whether she ever used it to kill an animal, may well be documented in her writings such as – National Library of Australia: Author: Meredith, Louisa Anne, 1812-1895. Title: Our island home … Continue reading Mrs Meredith’s gun

Port Arthur bell

This is the Port Arthur Bell dated 1847, from the Port Arthur prison site, which was sold at auction in Tasmania, June 2005, and which has remained in Tasmania (despite the initial newspaper reports that it was sold interstate. Its provenance to June 2005 was the Harry and Christine Wright Collection. © The Private Collection of John and Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR. Continue reading Port Arthur bell

Port Arthur Records Book 1860s

This is a book of records kept by the Commandant of Port Arthur, James Boyd during the 1860s. James Boyd was succeeded as Commandant by another Boyd, Adolarious Humphrey Boyd who left the post in December 1873. The Commandant to succeed A.H. Boyd was Dr John Coverdale, the last to serve during the devolvement of the Port Arthur prison which finally closed in 1877. From … Continue reading Port Arthur Records Book 1860s

The Irvines

Jemima Frances Irvine (1822-1919) was a conchologist, traveller, artist and daughter of playwright David Burn. This ticket is an indication of her status as member and exhibitor as early as 1860, an involvement which continued with the Tasmanian Exhibitions through to the 1890s. This Billhead for Irvine & McEachern’s grocery business 1872 indicates her husband’s business before his early death. © The Private Collection of … Continue reading The Irvines

Business Stationery of John Watt Beattie

© The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005. ARR. Watermarked. This invoice reveals that Miss Lucas paid a deposit on postcards on the 21st August, 1913 to John Watt Beattie at his studio, 60 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. Beattie occupied this studio from 1906 to 1920. The list of services on the right hand side of the invoice detail his talents and commercial talents, … Continue reading Business Stationery of John Watt Beattie

Beattie studios lanterns labels

Art Nouveau decorations and superlatives – “The Best and Most Complete Collection in the State” – feature on this verso label on glass from John Watt Beattie’s studio at Wellington Bridge, 52 Elizabeth St. Hobart. Hand-tinted lantern slides accompanied Beattie’s public lectures and demonstrations ca. 1900. Beattie’s agent in Launceston at that date was Richard Gee, Central Charles Street, and in Zeehan on the West … Continue reading Beattie studios lanterns labels

Business seals from the Irvine Collection

Business seals Old Tasmanian (?) government and business letter seals originally from the collection of Tasmanian artist and conchologist Jemima Frances Irvine (nee Burn, 1822-1919). Notes by John and Robyn McCullagh: These are Govt office and business letter seals which have been cut out and pasted as per photo. The book contains 15 pages, all different designs and seals. There would be roughly 200 seals … Continue reading Business seals from the Irvine Collection

Pencil sketch from the Irvine Collection

A pencil sketch from the private collection of Tasmanian artist and conchologist Jemima Frances IRVINE (nee Burn) 1822-1919. Notes by John and Robyn McCullagh: ” … a pencil drawing size 10 x 7 cm. Unsigned.” © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2006 – 2007. ARR. Continue reading Pencil sketch from the Irvine Collection

Kookaburra painting from the Irvine Collection

A watercolour of kookaburras with some additional outlining from the private collection of Tasmanian artist and conchologist Jemima Frances IRVINE (nee Burn, 1822-1919). Notes by John & Robyn McCullagh: Size is 28 x 22 cm. This is in book form. Unsigned © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2006 -2007 ARR. Continue reading Kookaburra painting from the Irvine Collection