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420926
  • Title
    Album of photographs of Sydney & country New South Wales, ca. 1871 / American & Australasian Photographic Company
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXA 933
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    ca. 1871
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    420926
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    234 photographs (1 album) - 31 x 27 cm. - cartes-de-visite
    1 photograph - 20 x 15 cm. - gelatin silver, printing-out paper photoprint
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Beaufoy Merlin and the American and Australasian Photographic Company arrived in Sydney from Victoria in September 1870. The studio did views, street scenes and later portraits. In March 1872 Merlin and his assistant Charles Bayliss moved to the goldfields town of Hill End. It was on this site that many carte-de-visite portraits were taken.

    Reference:
    Mechanical Eye in Australia / Alan Davies & Peter Stanbury. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985
  • Scope and Content
    Album:
    1. Parramatta River
    2. A.S.N. Co.'s Slip from Sydney
    3. Goulburn Church
    4. Ra[n]dwick
    5. Darling St, Balmain
    6. Public School, Redfern
    7. [Elevated view of unidentified country town]
    8. Gas Works, Sydney
    9. [Man and horse in paddock, unidentified church at right. Cf. church in 186]
    10. A.S.N.Co.'s Wharf, Sydney
    11. [William Street, Bathurst, showing Duke's Hotel on corner]
    12. Wearnes' Mills [possibly at Liverpool, on Georges River]
    13. Bridge, Queanbeyan Hunts Hotel
    14. Royal Hotel, [George Street] Sydney
    15. [William Street, Bathurst]
    16. Bridge near Lapstone Hill
    17. Australian Joint Stock Bank, Yass
    18. Bank of N.S.W., Queanbeyan. H Glennie Manager
    19. [Volunteer regiment in William Street, Bathurst]
    20. Lunatic Asylum, Sydney
    21. [Main street of unidentified country town. Cf. 36]
    22. Parramatta
    23. Watsons Bay
    24. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town. A signboard reads "Prince of Wales"]
    25. [c.1854 laminated arch bridge, Yass, before demolition and construction of the 1871 road bridge]
    26. [Unidentified building]
    27. [Bank of Australasia, 437 High Street, Maitland]
    28. St. Phillips [Church]
    29. School of Arts, Balmain
    30. Philip [i.e. Phillip] St, Sydney
    31. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    32. [Bridge over creek, unidentified]
    33. [Unidentified rural scene]
    34. [William Street] Bathurst
    35.[Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    36. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town. Cf. 21]
    37. Road to South Head
    38. Newcastle
    39. [Unidentified bush and pond]
    40. Nobbys, Newcastle
    41. [Unidentified coastline]
    42. [Unidentified NSW country town]
    43. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    44. [Bank of New South Wales, George St, Bathurst]
    45. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    46. [Premises of] R & W Oakes, auctioneers [William Street, Bathurst]
    47. Australian Joint Stock Bank, Geo[rge] St Sydney
    48. [Bank of Australasia, William St, Bathurst]
    49. Nobbys, Newcastle
    50. [George Street, Parramatta]
    51. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    52. H.R.N.S.N. Co.'s S.S. 'Maitland"
    53. [Unidentified military barracks]
    54. [Unidentified building]
    55. [Unidentified site, possibly a flour mill]
    56. R.M.S.S. "Rangoon" off Balmain
    57. [Unidentified building]
    58. Booth's Saw Mills, Balmain
    59. [Unidentified cemetary]
    60. Bonded Stores, Lane & Co., Ship Chandlers [Newcastle]
    61. [High Street, West Maitland]
    62. Woolloomooloo Wharf, Sydney
    63. Cockatoo [Island], Port Jackson
    64. [c.1854 laminated arch bridge, Yass, before demolition and construction of the 1871 road bridge]
    65. [Unidentified road leading to a harbour]
    66. [Unidentified park and pavillion]
    67. [Unidentified building]
    68. The King's School, Parramatta
    69. Sydney
    70. Commercial bank
    71. Deaf and Dumb and Blind Institution
    72. [Unidentified building]
    73. "Governor Blackett" in Waterview Bay, Balmain
    74. [Shops, including that of T. Byrne, pastry cook and confectioner. Possibly Belmore Street, Tamworth]
    75. [Auburn Street] Goulburn
    76. [Unidentified rural NSW scene, including church]
    77. [Queen's Bridge, Queanbeyan]
    78. Duke's Hotel [William Street, Bathurst]
    79. Parliament House, Sydney
    80. Infirmary, Sydney
    81. [Group of schoolgirls and 2 teachers, William Street, Bathurst]
    82. Ship "Sobraon" off Pinchgut, Port Jackson
    83. [Unidentified Mechanics Institute]
    84. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    85. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    86. [Unidentified cemetary]
    87. [William St, Bathurst, looking north, showing Methodist Church to right]
    88. Parramatta Watch-House
    89. Clarke's Elizabeth Street
    90. [Unidentified building]
    91. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    92. [Men & boys assembled in an unidentified street. Cf. 107]
    93. Surveyor General's Office, Sydney
    94. Bowen's Steam Flour Mill [cnr. Summer Street, Orange]
    95. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    96. [George St, Bathurst, taken from Church St, showing Bank of New South Wales and Webb & Co]
    97. [Unidentified church]
    98. Presbyterian Church, Balmain
    99. [St. James Church of England, Morpeth]
    100. Wesleyan Chapel, Botany St
    101. [Unidentified church]
    102. [Unidentified church]
    103. [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]
    104. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    105. Cook's River Dam
    106. [Unidentified site, possibly military barracks]
    107. [Men & boys assembled in an unidentified street. Cf. 92]
    108. Old City Bank, Sydney
    109. Mortuary, Redfern
    110. [Unidentified church]
    111. Masonic Temple, corner of Sale & Kite Streets, Orange
    112. [Parishioners assembled outside an unidentified church]
    113. [Schoolgirls and teacher assembled outside an unidentified] Public School
    114. [Unidentified church]
    115. [Unidentified church and grounds]
    116. Parramatta Railway Station
    117. [George St, Bathurst, near corner of Howick St, showing Club House Hotel]
    118. H.M.S. "Clis", Port Jackson
    119. Sir R. Bourke's Statue, Domain
    120. Steamers Ferry, North Shore
    121. [All Saints' Church, Church St, Bathurst, from Howick St]
    122. Wesleyan Church, Sydney
    123. [Unidentified church]
    124. Revd. Mr. Soares[?] & daughter, Church, Queanbeyan
    125. [4 adults assembled outside an unidentified building]
    126. [Unidentified church and yard]
    127. Pyrmont [showing cattle in a field with sandstone boulders]
    128. Parramatta [street scene]
    129. Balmain [elevated view]
    130. The King's School, Parramatta
    131. Mariners Church, Sydney
    132. Parramatta [showing overhead bridege and cart in street]
    133. [Possibly Howick Street, Bathurst]
    134. [Dalton's Hardware, and Post Office (left), Summer Street, Orange]
    135. [Schoolgirls and teachers assembled outside an unidentified] Public School
    136. [Telegraph Office, Howick St, Bathurst]
    137. [Unidentified church]
    138. [St Michael and St John's Cathedral, William St, Bathurst]
    139. Wesleyan Chapel, York Street, Sydney
    140. [Bank of Australasia, 437 High Street, Maitland]
    141. North Shore
    142. Campbells Wharf, Sydney
    143. Sydney Exchange
    144. [Unidentified coastal view]
    145. St. Mary's Church, Balmain
    146. Roman Catholic Church, Balmain
    147. [Methodist Church, William St, Bathurst]
    148. [Unidentified church]
    149 . [Unidentified church]
    150. [Unidentified church]
    151. Sydney from Balmain
    152. [Men sitting in a boat under construction, near unidentified shoreline]
    153. [Aerial view of unidentified coastline]
    154. "Governor Blackall" off Balmain
    155. Glebe Island Bridge
    156. [Unidentified street view]
    157. [Unidentified church]
    158. St. Michael's Church, Surry Hills, Sydney
    159. [Unidentified church altar]
    160. [Unidentified church]
    161. [Unidentified church]
    162. Wesleyan Church, Balmain
    163. Government House, Sydney
    164. Sydney Infirmary
    165. Fire Brigade, Parramatta
    166. Domain Gates, Sydney
    167. Cronulla [showing man under a tree]
    168. [Unidentified shoreline]
    169. [Unidentified church]
    170. St. Peters Church, Cooks River. Rev. Guhrney[?]
    171. [Unidentified church]
    172. St Christopher's Church, Dulwich Hill, Sydney
    173. [Holy Trinity Church, Kelso]
    174. [Unidentified church and bell tower]
    175. English, Scottish & Aus. Chartered Bank, Geo[rge] St, Sydney
    176. Watsons Bay
    177. Training Ship "Vernon", Port Jackson
    178. Government Printers Office, Sydney
    179. [Unidentified building]
    180. A.S.N.Co's S.S. "Coonanbarra"
    181. [Unidentified church]
    182. [Schoolboys and teacher assembled outside an unidentified church]
    183. [St. John's Presbyterian Chruch, Orange]
    184. [Schoolgirls and teacher outside Methodist Church School, William St, Bathurst]
    185. [Unidentified church]
    186. [Unidentified church]
    187. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    188. [Horsedrawn cart crossing unidentified bridge]
    189. Castlereagh St. North, Sydney
    190. [Auburn Street, Goulburn]
    191. [Unidentified building]
    192. [J. Douglas Timberyard in unidentified main street of NSW country town] [possibly Orange]
    193. [Unidentified church]
    194. [3 men outside an unidentified building]
    195. [Unidentified church and yard]
    196. [Unidentified building]
    197. [Unidentified church]
    198. [Nave of unidentified church]
    199. [Unidentified rural NSW scene]
    200. Liverpool
    201. Bridge St., Sydney
    202. [Bullocks and dray, market building under construction, Kings Parade, Bathurst]
    203. Darling Street, Balmain
    204. Black Horse Hotel [cnr. George and Howick Streets, Bathurst]
    205. [Men and women outside an unidentified church]
    206. Randwick [elevated view]
    207. [Public School, George Street, Bathurst]
    208. St John's Darlinghurst
    209. [Unidentified church]
    210. St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney
    211. [William St, Bathurst, looking north-east]
    212. Bourke & Botany Streets, South Head Rd, Sydney
    213. Darlinghurst [grounds at Craigend]
    214. Newcastle [showing railway tracks]
    215. Court House, Singleton
    216. [c.1854 laminated arch bridge, Yass, during demolition and construction of the 1871 road bridge]
    217. St John's Church of England School, Darlinghurst
    218. [2 men and 2 boys outside an unidentified church]
    219. St Michaels Church, Surry Hills, Sydney
    220. [Unidentified church]
    221. [Unidentified church]
    222. [Unidentified church]
    223. Lower Geo[rge] St., Sydney
    224. The Gap, South Head, Sydney
    225. George St, Sydney
    226. [Unidentified church]
    227. Mutual Life Association Office, Geo[rge] St, Sydney
    228. Australian Mutual Provident Socy., Sydney
    229. Macquarie Place, Sydney
    230. St Peters Cooks River, Revd. Geo[rge] King
    231. South Head Road, Sydney
    232. [Group of men laying railway tracks in unidentified bush location]
    233. [Old St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, William St, Bathurst]
    234. [St. John's Church of England] Parramatta
    235. [Loose uncaptioned print - 20cm x 15cm]
    Loose photoprint:
    235. [Berowra Creek Bridge] J.Symonds
  • Source
    Presented July 2001
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    No. 134 previously titled [Main street of unidentified NSW country town]. Identified by Tom Thompson, February 2009.
    Nos. 25, 64, 111, 216 identified by Ben Jackman, 2013.
    Nos. 44, 48, 81, 87, 96, 121, 136, 138, 147, 173, 184, 202, 211, 233 identified by Ireen Lark, 2015.
    Nos. 117, 204 and 207 identified by Ireen Lark, April 2018.
  • General note

    This album was possibly second prize in a competition run by the Company, as advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12 May 1871
    Digital order no:Album ID : a5743096
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Conyber Bookbinder, 13 Park Street, Sydney" -- printed on decal affixed to inside front cover
    "American & Australasian Photographic Company, Sydney Office, 324 George Street, Beaufory Merlin" -- printed on card affixed to inside front cover
    Rudimentary pencil sketch of a kangaroo head on inside back cover
    Handwritten album inscriptions in pencil identify some images (possibly added later)
  • Conservation note

    Album - spine broken and covering worn.
    Photograph - Creased and torn with piece missing from bottom left corner.
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