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Lavinia’s Other Album

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Title Page





The Album

This album was given to my great aunt Mary Shaw by her great aunt Lavinia Shaw. The title page is embossed with “DUNN & COLLINS, BOOKSELLERS, OPPOSITE POST OFFICE, MELBOURNE”. Dunn and Collins operated from this address from 1876 (“HINDOO SATIRES on AMMONIAC SQUIRTS in SNAKE-BITES. Sold by Dunn and Collins, booksellers, opposite Post-office, Melbourne. Extracts appear weekly in Collingwood Mercury”) until about 1885. They moved down Bourke street a bit before closing down in 1887.

This and the dates of the photos within would suggest that Lavinia started this album around 1880 when she was about 18. The “For a Birthday” sticker looks to me to be from around 1920 so maybe this was a birthday present from Lavinia to Mary when she was about the same age. It seems likely that Lavinia added the captions at this time. (Looking further he captions include “The Murrays’ Wedding” which was 1929 so maybe given to Mary later – or is the bookplate earlier and referring to Lavinia?). Mary added a number of captions later.


“Mrs McIntoch”

In pride of place, before the photo of “Mother” is “Mrs McIntoch“. Considering the following pages showing her siblings in descending order of age I’m guessing this frame was originally occupied by “Father”. I’m not sure I’ve seen Alfred in CdV – his portraits seem all to be the much larger Cabinet cards.So who was Mrs McIntoch? Stewart & Co operated in Melbourne from 1871 until the early 1900s and a similar portrait at SLV is dated 1881. This would fit with the only other Shaw album photograph by this photographer showing Lavinia’s siblings Herbert and Effie aged about 11 and 14. Maybe she was a governess? Or a friend of Lavinia’s?

If the photo was taken about 1880 and we assume she was in her twenties at the time, her marriage must have taken place in the 1870s. The name McIntoch is extremely uncommon and only two marriages appear for men of this name in Australia in the years leading up to 1880. If she was really McIntosh then there were about 20 possible marriages in Victoria in that decade.

For now she will have to remain a mystery. If the Victorian marriage certificates ever become freely available we may be able to narrow down the candidates.

Some of the Sources

WalkingMelbourne Forum Post “Thanks for posting that wonderful old faded sign “Stationer & Printer’ in the Tramways Building shop front. The business was owned by my husband’s 2x great grandfather, John Collins, 1849-1911. He operated the shop there from 1902 until his tragic death in 1911, and it appears one of his sons continued there until about 1919, when the business disappears from the directories.
John Collins had previously been in partnership with Francis Gregory Dunn and Thomas Carter, as “Dunn, Carter and Collins” as early as 1871, when they had a store in Smith St, Collingwood in “The Arcade”. Does anyone know where this arcade might have been ? Carter left the business in Jun 1876. Dunn and Collins continued on, also having a shop on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets, diagonally opposite the GPO. I believe they were there until about 1885. Kozminsky jewelers were on that site shortly thereafter.”

1876 ‘Advertising.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 20 June, p. 8, viewed 8 June, 2013,
DISSOLUTION of PARTNERSHIP. — Notice is hereby given, that the PARTNERSHIP hitherto subsisting between us, the undersigned, as Booksellers and Stationers, under the respective styles of “Dunn, Carter, and Company ” and “Dunn, Carter and Collins,” has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent ; and that the said business will henceforth be carried on under the style of ” Dunn and Collins ” by the underslgned, Francis Gregory Dunn and John Collins the Younger, by whom all debts due to and by the late firm will be received and paid. Dated at Melbourne this 14th day of June, A D. 1876. F. G. DUNN. JOHN COLLINS. THOS. CARTER, Witness-W. H. C. Darvall, solicitor, Melbourne.

1876 ‘Advertising.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 4 September, p. 8, viewed 8 June, 2013,
HINDOO SATIRES on AMMONIAC SQUIRTS in SNAKE-BITES. Sold by Dunn and Collins, booksellers, opposite Post-office, Melbourne. Extracts appear weekly in ” Collingwood Mercury.”


And yet another J W Lindt Portrait

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Alfred Henry Shaw




This portrait of Alfred Henry Shaw is one of the few cabinet cards in Lavinia’s album. J. W. Lindt operated from 7 Collins 1876 to 1888 (“The Mechanical Eye“) so this is possibly another from the 1884 set. Lavinia has written “Father Alfred Shaw” across the bottom.


Alfred Henry Shaw



Another version of the portrait – maybe unsure about the hat?

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December 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

More J W Lindt Portraits

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Fred Vail




The portraits of Alfred and Ernest may belong to the same set as the four in the previous post but it is interesting to note the different formats used – rectangular for Alfred and the rounded corners for Ernest. The centre portrait appears a few pages further on in Lavinia’s album and is captioned “Fred Vail“, probably by Lavinia. It seems likely that Fred Vail was a school friend of Ernest’s but if so he would have been 20 in 1884. Was it an earlier photo on a Lindt card?

J W Lindt Portraits

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These two are part of a set of portraits of most of the children created by Joseph William Lindt who operated at 7 Collins Street between 1876 and 1888. Considering the apparent ages and the Lindt studio’s involvement in the group portraits of 1884 we could tentatively date these to the same year.

These portraits also seem to sort out the confusion in differentiating Eva and Effie mentioned in a previous post.









Alfred Heywood Shaw

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From the second page of Lavinia‘s album. “Alf” is written on the back in what is probably Lavinia’s hand.

The subject is almost certainly Lavinia’s brother Alfred Heywood Shaw taken the same day as the photo of brother Arthur (see previous post).





A second copy of this photograph is in Lavinia’s other album. Mary(?) has written “Alfred” under it.


Arthur Henry Shaw

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This photo is from the 3rd page of an album originally owned by Lavinia Shaw. “Arthur” in what looks like Lavinia’s hand appears on the back and the subject is most likely her older brother Arthur Shaw. Much later her niece Mary Shaw has added “Arthur Shaw ?1860” under the photo.

Arthur was born in June 1859 and at a guess this child is two or three putting the date of the photo at about 1862. From the back of the photograph T. F. Chuck was the photographer. The State Library of Victoria holds a similar Chuck Photo with the note “Not dated but T. F. Chuck operated from 19 Royal Arcade, Melbourne, 1864-1876. Ref.: Australians behind the camera, directory of early Australian photographers, 1841-1945 / Sandy Barrie, 2002.”

A second copy of this photograph is in Lavinia’s other album. Mary(?) has written “Arthur” under it.





Hannah Shaw

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Hannah Shaw




This photo of Hannah Shaw (nee Heywood) is from an album originally owned by Lavinia Shaw.  “Mrs Hannah Shaw nee Heywood  ?1880” was added by her niece Mary Shaw.  “Mother” in what looks like Lavinia’s hand appears on the back.

Davies and Stanbury in “The Mechanical Eye” have Thomas Bertenshaw operating from Gertrude Street, Fitzroy from 1859 to 1866 and to my eye this would fit better than 1880 with the style of the photo and Hannah’s age.

The State Library of Victoria has a Bertenshaw portrait showing what looks like the same curtain.





This second copy of the same photo seems to answer a question raised in the previous post on Dinah Heywood.

There seems little doubt that the Bertenshaw version was created in the early 1860s so we have here a second copy glued to an Elliott card from the 1880s.

Hannah and Dinah both died within weeks of each other in 1884. Did the family have multiple copies of earlier photos of the two women printed by F. E. Elliott which were then attached to his own cards? It sounds likely but still leaves a small question around the “Mrs Tucker” caption.



I have seen two other photos of Hannah. I was sent a digital copy of the photo on the left but am unsure of its origin. It looks like it may pre-date the one above – maybe the 1850s?

On the right is a scan from a glass plate from the estate of Mary Shaw.  It appears to be of Alfred Shaw and family taken in the mid 1860s. I’m a little uncertain but I’ve tentatively identified Hannah standing beside her husband with their children Alfred, Amelia, Lavinia and Arthur, and a seated nurse.


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