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The Rest of Lavinia’s Red Album

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Lavinia’s Red Album

This post is really just tidying up loose ends. I started this blog to share the photographs and identify the subjects in a set of Shaw family albums. Lavinia Shaw’s red album was my starting point. The photos in it include portraits from the 1860s and 1870s, groups from the 1880s, and some commercial prints from about the same time. The last few pages of the album are filled with newspaper cuttings and so as to give the feel of the complete album I’ve added some of them here.
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Cuttings

Above is just one of about a dozen pages of newspaper cuttings. Lavinia seemed drawn especially to photographs of Victoria, Yorkshire and the royals. Romantic scenes are by far the most common but in the bottom right corner a touch of the “modern” creeps in with the traffic. Plenty of clues but still not sure where it was taken.
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Single Cutting – 1920s?

What was it about this picture?
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Single Cutting – 1930s?

And to finish this album …..

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March 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Bought Ones (Scotland)

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The last of the commercial prints or postcards in Lavinia‘s album are these four of scenes around Edinburgh. Olive Shaw in 1962 said that Lavinia’s father had a trip overseas probably to Scotland in about 1891 or 1892 “with wife, Eileen and Olive plus Effie, Eva and nurse” and another with youngest daughter Ailsa in about 1897 but it is unclear whether Lavinia accompanied them on either. Whatever the case, these postcards are likely from one of those trips.

The initials “J.V.” on three of the prints indicate that they were by the studio of James Valentine, one of the most prolific commercial photographers operating in Scotland at that time. The other with initials “G.W.W” would be from the studio of his largest competitor, George Washington Wilson (no relation to Margaret as far as I can determine).

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The Chancel, Rosslyn Chapel

The Chancel, Rosslyn Chapel

James Valentine studio (1880s?)

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Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

James Valentine studio (1880s?)

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Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey

James Valentine studio (1880s?)

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“Linlithgow Palace”

Linlithgow Palace

George Washington Wilson studio (1880s?)

Not “Old Hiawatha”

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Most of the photos in Lavinia‘s album were taken at “Old Hiawatha” or at least in or even before its time. Apart from the “postcards” a few from a slightly later time have found their way into the album. The family moved in the late 1880s to a “new” Hiawatha in Brighton where they stayed for a few years before most of them moved on to Perth.
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“Chevy Chase”

“Chevy Chase”, home of the Binnie family, was an almost identical house next door to the new Hiawatha. This and the following photo may have been taken by John Binnie or maybe even Herbert Shaw.
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“Entrance Hiawatha”

“Chevy Chase” and “Hiawatha” both fronted Hampton Street. Lavinia wrote below it “Entrance Hiawatha” and later Mary Shaw added “Hampton St Brighton”.
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Segovia

In 1900 my great grandparents Herbert Shaw and Caroline Hale married. Herbert was in Perth for some years before but the two had known each other since at least the early 1890s. This is Caroline’s home Segovia in Auburn Road Hawthorn and on the verandah can be seen Caroline, her sister Annie Bertha, her father and step-mother.
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“Hale’s Auburn Road”

Life in the early 90s doesn’t look so hard. Here is a mix of Shaws, Hales and others at “Segovia”. I tried a couple of years ago to identify the subjects here but still have some doubts. I have the girl at the< back left as Effie Shaw but she looks to be the same person as in the photo below and Mary Shaw has her as Lavinia.
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“Moss Lea Hay St Perth”

“Moss Lea” in Hay (then Howick) Street, home of the Shaws in the 1890s. Lavinia’s caption is above and Mary Shaw later added “Lavinia Shaw and Olive and Eileen Shaw ?1893” and a second copy of this photo has the caption “Dec 1895”.
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“SS Helen at Mildura Wharf”

This is the only Mildura photo in this album. A better copy of it appears with a number of other Mildura photographs is in one of Herbert Shaw‘s albums and I’ve taken the SS Helen caption from that. It quite possibly was taken by Herbert. His initials, scratched onto glass negatives, are visible on two or three other prints and many years ago his daughter’s garden shed contained some of his glass negatives, unfortunately now long gone.

Herbert’s album has a few scenes of early Mildura but so far I’ve been unable to find a connection to the family. Most of them are of and around the building of the Mildura Coffee Palace and maybe that’s the connection. I’ve come across a number of hints that his father was involved in the temperance movement and the spread of these pub replacements in the 1890s (Alfred might be impressed by Melbourne’s current glut of coffee outlets but maybe not by the 24 hour alcohol trading).

I put a few Mildura references here a few years back but maybe I’ll try a bit harder to find the connection in a future post.

“Old Hiawatha” again.

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More from Lavinia Shaw‘s album showing some different aspects of ““Old Hiawatha”” from c1884.
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“Garden from the Balcony”

“Garden from the Balcony”

A view west from the front balcony. The fountain can be seen to the right and between the trees on the left is probably the house on the other side of William Street shown on block 14 of the 1873 Vardy plan. The house has long since gone and that part of the block now hosts a children’s playground next to the Grosvenor St railway bridge. Looking closely at the photo, behind the house the railway embankment with some houses behind can just be made out.

In the garden are five women and Alfred Henry Shaw on th efar right. The women standing to the left of the seat looks like Margaret Shaw.

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Driveway

“The Drive Hiawatha”

A so far unidentified woman,, Arthur, Effie and Eva in the driveway with the house behind. As far as I can work out the driveway ran north west from the house and around the fountain garden to William Street.

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“Lovers Walk”

“Lovers Walk Hiawatha”

From the left Lavinia, Effie and Eva. Is this the path on the left of the front balcony shot above?

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“Paddock”

“Paddock”

A view from the northern side verandah looking over the orchard gate which framed a number of group shots from previous posts. The back corner of the paddock is probably the corner of Vardy Plan blocks 22, 23 and 29 and I’m guessing the two storey building just visible behind that corner is the now demolished “Kilwinning” formerly at 1 Balaclava Rd (block 25 on the Vardy Plan). This was the home of James Service, premier of Victoria 1880 and 1883-1886.

If you look closely you can see a girl out amongst the cows – not sure which one.

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“The Cows”

“The Cows”

I’m not sure where this is but Lavinia refers to “The Cows” which suggests somewhere in the paddock to the rear of the house although the trees and fence don’t look much like those in the paddock scene from the verandah.

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“Arthur and the Cows”

“Arthur and the Cows”

Arthur with a different breed of cow to those in the last photo. Are these the outbuildings behind the house in the MMBW plan?

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“Romeo”

“Romeo”

Bought Ones (Tasmania Part 1)

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As mentioned in the last post, in Lavinia Shaw‘s album are some commercial landscape photographs of Tasmania. Some of these are identifiable as by well known photographers operating in the 1880s. Amongst these are Stephen Spurling, William Cawston, and Henry Hall Baily.

The four included in this post can be identified as by Stephen Spurling 2nd whose family’s photographic activities spanned three generations. A detailed history can be found in the 2010 PhD thesis by a descendant, Christine Burgess. This and shorter biographies of key family members can be found here:

Obituaries Australia entry – Stephen Spurling 2nd
Obituaries Australia entry – Stephen Spurling 3rd
C. H. Burgess, The Spurling Legacy and the Emergence of Wilderness Photography in Tasmania, PhD thesis, University of Tasmania, 2010

Note that I’ve added Lavinia’s original caption in quotes below each of the photos.

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“Launceston”

Launceston looking east across the South Esk bridge

Stephen Spurling 2nd (1880s?)

On the bottom right can be made out two lines of embossing spelling out “S SPURLING PHOTO”. A print of the same photo is held by the National Gallery of Canada accompanied by the following description.

View of the Iron Bridge Leading into the Town, c. 1870-1899
Stephen Spurling
Australian, 1847 – 1924
albumen silver print
18.3 x 23.5 cm

These dimensions match when allowing for a slightly more generous horizontal crop on mine. And I’m sure the date can be pinned down a bit better than 1870-1899. I also came across this similar Spurling photograph and an engraving if not from the same photograph at least from one taken on from the same place at the same time.

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“Launceston”

Corra Linn Bridge over North Esk River

Stephen Spurling 2nd (1880s?)

This one is not embossed but a print held in the National Gallery of Canada identifies it as:

View of Rocky Gorge with Rapids and a Bridge, c. 1870-1899
Stephen Spurling
Australian, 1847 – 1924
albumen silver print
18.3 x 23.2 cm

A similar print identifies the scene as the Corra Linn Bridge which crosses the North Esk River about 10k south of Launceston. Stephen Spurling 3rd photographed the same scene with a new bridge many years later and I found what seems to be an earlier bridge by an unknown photographer (although the accompanying date of 1858 may be a decade or two off).

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“Launceston”

Roses Rocks, Cora Linn

Stephen Spurling 2nd (1880s?)

This print is also embossed with “S SPURLING PHOTO”. An almost identical photograph attributed to Spurling can be found in the collection of the National Library of Australia and a similar one at the Tasmanian State Library identifies the view as Roses Rocks, Cora Linn.

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“Launceston”

Cataract Gorge, South Esk River

Stephen Spurling 2nd (1880s?)

Another with the “S SPURLING PHOTO” embossing. This similar photo identifies the location.

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January 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Bought ones

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In Lavinia Shaw‘s album are a number of commercial landscape photographs, the postcards of the time. Most are of scenes from around Tasmania so maybe Lavinia travelled there in the 1880s or early 1890s, or maybe she was given them as a set.

Two of these “postcards” are not of Tasmania but seem to have been included in the album for their connection to Alfred Shaw’s second wife Margaret Wilson.

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“Ballantrae Ayrshire”

Ballantrae is on the Ayrshire coast about 50 miles south of Glasgow. If we travel down the road in the foreground, cross the river and immediately turn right along the minor road on the other bank we will reach Colmonell after 2 or 3 miles. This was where Margaret was born and where during her childhood her father was a farmer and the local GP.

Looking out across the water we can see a conical island with the much larger Isle of Arran behind. To the left in the far distance is the Kintyre peninsular. The conical island is Ailsa Craig and this is almost certainly the origin of Margaret’s third child’s name, Ailsa Wilson Shaw (if a boy would he have been named Craig?). Interestingly, (for me anyway) in 2002 before I knew anything much about Margaret or Ailsa I spent a week or so in a cottage on the south of Arran and looked out daily at the changing light on Kintyre and Ailsa Craig.

Looking closely at the white writing along the bottom of the photo we can see what looks like “0233 Ballantrae from S.W. Poulton’s Series”. A quick search turned up this from the Glasgow University site:

Poulton or ‘Poulton’s Series’ are probably linked to the photographer, publisher and printer Samuel E Poulton (1819-1898), who was based in London and south-east England. His son, Alfred Walford Poulton, was also involved in the business, which may well have published prints taken by local photographers around the country. It has also been suggested that the Edinburgh-based photographer Thomas Polson Lugton was behind the Poulton series. He certainly may have been responsible for some of the scenes taken in Scotland.

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“Donald”

Donald is a bit under 300k north-west of Melbourne in the wheat fields of Victoria’s Wimmera region. I believe this photo was taken in the main street, Wood Street, in the 1880s and based on a conversation some years ago with a Donald local history group it seems to be a quite well known “postcard”.

At 8 Wood Street at about the same time was the store of Robert Campbell Hannah, Margaret Wilson’s brother-in-law (I have a bit on the store here). Although eventually broken off, Margaret’s niece, Williamina, was engaged for a while to the son of William John Waddell, owner of the store pictured.

A few more of “Old Hiawatha”

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This group of photos are from Lavinia Shaw‘s album. The first four are smallish paper prints glued onto a single page of the album taken around ““Old Hiawatha”” in Balaclava.
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“View at Hiawatha from the garden”

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This was probably taken around 1884 and although no definite identification can be made it is probably Effie and Eva on the path with Lavinia and Amelia looking on from the balcony at the front of the house.

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“Old Stone Seat”

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Probably somewhere in the garden at the front of the house.

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“Group at the Fountain”

A similar photo also in Lavinia’s album and possibly taken the same day. This is a small print (about 2″ x 2″) and quite likely has been cut from a larger print in horizontal format – maybe a reject from the day’s shooting?

Or on second thoughts maybe not. If that is Eva standing on the left she looks a bit younger than in the 1884, maybe 11 or 12? That would date the photo to about 1883. The other women may then be Rebecca Thomas, 16, her mother Sarah Thomas (nee Heywood), 51, Lavinia, 21, (?), Elinor Thomas, 14, and Effie, 15. In the front are Ernest, 18, and Arthur, 24. At the back in the bowler hat it may be Hugh Thomas, 18, who in the 1880s was apprenticed as a tinsmith to the Shaw family business.

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“Capua Villa”

c1879

In about 1884 the larger two story Hiawatha was built over or near this pre-1869 villa. I’ve dated it to about 1879 assuming the boy is Herbert Shaw who looks about 10.

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Capua Villa

c1882

Another shot of the “Capua Villa” probably taken a few years later. We can’t be sure but the group on the verandah may be Alfred (junior), Arthur, Lavinia, Amelia and Effie. It was was found loose in Elsie Ross’ album but was most likely put there more recently by Mary Shaw.

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“Old Hiawatha and Fountain”

c1887

Another from Lavinia’s album. This could be from around the time of Amelia’s wedding in 1887. Alfred Shaw is seated at the left with Lavinia seated between two unidentified women. In the background it looks like Margaret Shaw (nee Wilson) in the middle. The house can be seen between the trees and the fountain is probably the one found during excavations at the rear of what is now 3 The Avenue (note that an advertisement for the property from 1869 mentioned two fountains).

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