Anson portrait of Aboriginal Group

Group portrait of Truganini (left), William Lanney & Bessie Clarke © The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2005-2007 ARR Details from owners: Photograph on glass (cracked) in oval brass frame. From left to right – Truganini, William Lanney, and Bessie Clarke. Size of original: 365mm x 310mm Inscription on verso: “Last Aborigines, Tasmania” and a handwritten date along the left-hand border “1915”. Verso … Continue reading Anson portrait of Aboriginal Group

General Stratton aka Tom Thumb

From left to right: General Charles S. Stratton, wife Mercy Lavinia Magri (Lavinia Warren Stratton), G.W. McNutt, and Minnie Warren (sister of Lavinia?) An older General Stratton (Tom Thumb) & co. in those same costumes from 1864 featured in the photograph held at the State Library of Victoria. They all appear to be at least fifteen years older than the carte-de-visite at the State Library … Continue reading General Stratton aka Tom Thumb

Bishop Osborne’s pipe smokers

John Bishop Osborne specialised in cartes and panels of famous actors and visiting entertainers. He maintained a studio at 76 Murray St. from 1879-83, another in Collins St. from 1888-91, and another at 62 Murray St. from 1892-95. He also travelled the west and northern regions of Tasmania. The purpose of this posed tableau of rugged and relaxed masculinity may have been to advertise the … Continue reading Bishop Osborne’s pipe smokers