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  • Title
    James Johnson, survivor of the wreck of the Dunbar, 1857 / [hand coloured ambrotype attributed to Thomas Glaister]
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    DG P3/38
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  • Physical Description
    1 photograph - visible image 32.5 x 25 cm., in wooden frame 51.5 x 45.7 cm. - ambrotype, hand coloured

    Able-seaman, James Johnson, was the sole survivor of the clipper Dunbar, which ran aground below South Head, Sydney Harbour, on the night of 20 August 1857. All 121 passengers and crew perished. -- Reference: The Australian encyclopaedia / editor-in-chief: Alec H. Chisholm. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1958. Volume III.

    American-trained professional photographer Thomas Glaister opened a Sydney studio in Pitt Street in 1855. For further biographical details see The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Scope and Content
    Head and shoulders portrait.
  • Source
    Presented by Sir William Dixson, 1951
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Attributed to Glaister by the Curator of Photographs, State Library of NSW, 2004
    Reframed in 2000

    Old frame at F 350
    Digital order no:a128698
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