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  • Title
    David Scott Mitchell papers - collection of photographs, including Mitchell, Merewether and Busby family members, ca. 1860-1905
  • Call number
    PXA 1037
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1860's, 1890's, 1905
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 8 photoprints (including 1 albumen - 1 sepia toned silver gelatin print, 1 carbon, 1 platinum, 1 paris panel) - 21.2 x 15 cm (image) ; 20.8 x 25.4 cm (mount) or smaller

    Francis Greenway designed Cumberland Place in 1825 for Robert Campbell. Campbell never lived in the house, it was occupied by the Bishop of Sydney (Bishop Broughton) in the 1830s and later acquired from Campbell by Mrs Augusta Maria Scott. Mrs Scott's daughter, Miss Augusta Maria Scott married Dr. James Mitchell in 1833. After the death of Mrs Scott the Mitchell family moved into the residence.
    Augusta Maria Scott (1843-1880) and Rose Scott (1847-1925), two of eight children of Helenus Scott (1802-1879) and his wife Sarah Anne, nee Rusden. Augusta Maria married Edward Hope Wallace in 1872, they had one son, Helenus Hope Scott ("Nene"). Of the eight Scott children, feminist Rose Scott was the most notable.
    Augusta D. (Dora) M. (b. 1890); Ella C.M. (b. 1893); Frederick (Eric) W.M. (b. 1892) Busby, were the children of Thomas Woore Frederick Busby (eldest son of William Busby, 1813-1887) and Augusta Eliza Mitchell (eldest daughter of E.C. Merewether, 1820-1893), who married in 1888 at Waverley.
    Alice M. Lingen married William D. M. Merewether, (the second youngest son of Edward Christopher Merewether (1820-1893) and Augusta Maria, elder daughter of Dr James Mitchell) in 1899.
    Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.3, 1851-1890. & Vol.11, 1891-1939. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1969 & 1988
    NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Scope and Content
    1. Augusta (Gussie) and Rose Scott [seated], 1864 / [photograph attributed to Ernest Docker]
    2. [Augusta Maria Mitchell? in front of dovecot, ca. 1860s]
    3. Eric W, A. Dora, Ella C., Merewether Busby, 1898 [group portrait, platinotype] / Freeman & Co., Ltd., 318 George Street, Sydney
    4. [Girl and woman seated in garden beside table with cat, dog, and doll in Highland dress. Dedicated on reverse:] "D.S.M. with love for Xtimes 1899 from M, & MSS, "the Tike", "Orient", & "Roderick Dhu"
    5. [Alice May Merewether nee Lingen in her wedding dress, 1899 / studio portrait] / Freeman & Co. Ltd
    6. [Young girl wearing bonnet and gloves, full-length studio portrait, ca. 1890s] / Newman, Sydney
    7. Residence of Dr James Mitchell, Cumberland Place, Sydney [The view illustrates the residence with two females strolling in the grounds. Photographic copy of a painting]
    8. [Cricket team, 1905. Match played being Queensland versus New South with Roger Hardigan featured. Postcard format addressed to D.S. Mitchell from Leonard Garnsay with note on reverse].
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    From `David Scott Mitchell papers' (MLMSS 379)
    No.1 Young lawyer Ernest Docker (1842-1923) was an unsuccessful suitor of Rose Scott and is probably responsible for this wet plate photograph. Ernest Docker took lessons from his father, Joseph Docker, one of the first amateurs to experiment with photography. -- Curator of Photographs, SLNSW, May 2004
    No.2 This portrait was previously identified as "Scott, Augusta Maria, ca. 1860s", who died in 1840. It is possible that the subject of the portrait is Augusta Maria Mitchell (b.1834), the sister of David Scott Mitchell and daughter of James and Augusta Maria Mitchell (nee Scott. 1798-1871). Her sister Margaret Scott was born in 1840. See portrait of Mrs James Mitchell in "David Scott Mitchell : album of photographs of family and friends, ca. 1863-1892" (PXC 831/no.2). The person in this portrait also appears in the same album but is unidentified (PXC 831/nos. 77 & 93).
    No.4 was previously incorrectly identified as Rose Scott.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1045238
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Photographer's name and address is printed below image of No.1. Also titled and dated in ink below photograph.
    On reverse of No.3, handwritten in ink, "D.S.M. / with love for Xtmas 1899 / from M, & M S S, "the Tike", "Orient", & "Roderick [?]"
    In pencil on reverse of No.4, "May Lingen - 1st wife of W.H.D. Merewether"
    Photographer's stamp at lower right of Nos. 4-5.
    "D.S. Mitchell, Cumberland St., Sydney" appears at lower edge of No.6
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