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Arthur and the Chamberlain sisters.

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Arthur H Shaw

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Victoria Chamberlain

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Lydia Chamberlain

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Early 1880s?

If you look at Lavinia’s album you can see that the first few pages are dedicated to her brothers and sisters. Except for this photo of her brother Arthur, the photos were all were produced by the Lindt studio likely all on the same day. Arthur’s alone is by Johnstone, O’Shanessey & Co. of 3 Bourke St who according to Davies and Stanton operated using this name and address from 1865 until 1886. Arthur doesn’t look much older than 20 here so maybe this was an earlier photo used to make up the 1884 set?

In 1888 Arthur married Victoria Chamberlain. Her portrait above was taken at the Elizabeth Street studio of E.C. Waddington and although Davies and Stanton have them there 1883 -1884 an Argus item mentions them opening the store in November 1880. Lydia Chamberlain was Victoria’s younger sister and possibly this one of her was taken there the same day.

MYTHIAN TERRACE

I’ve since found the photograph below. Taken in 1869 of the extended Delbridge family outside their Fitzroy home it includes the Chamberlains towards the right. In front of their parents the two young girls are identically dressed and flank their baby brother who perches white-gowned on a tasseled cushion topping a high stool.

Mythian Terrace

Mythian Terrace

This image is held by the Fitzroy Library and appears on Picture Victoria here.
Their caption (slightly corrected) is “Mythian Terrace (now 103 Kerr Street), was built in 1864 for Edward and Mary Delbridge and family. The estimated date of the photograph is Christmas 1869 or New Year 1869/70.
Photograph shows left to right in back row: Joseph Martyn Delbridge, Thomas Delbridge, John Delbridge, Isaac Delbridge, Edward Delbridge, Mary(Pearce) Delbridge, Edward Martyn Delbridge, John James Symons, Mary Jane(Delbridge) Vivian, George R.R. Vivian, Eliza (Chamberlain) Delbridge, Robert Henry Chamberlain, Henry Berry.
Front row left to right: Mary Ann Alice(Middleton) Delbridge, Hedley George Delbridge(baby), Minnie Delbridge, Harriet(Baldwin)Delbridge, Pearce Delbridge, Lucy Delbridge, Frederick Delbridge(baby), Amy Delbridge, Emma(Collom)Delbridge, Ernest Edward Delbridge(baby), William R.Delbridge, Mary Louisa Delbridge,Edith Ann Delbridge, Ada Elizabeth Delbridge, Edward Delbridge Vivian, George R.R.II Vivian, Thomas Phillips Vivian, Isaac Hannibal Vivian, Annie Elizabeth Vivian, Victoria Louisa Chamberlain, Mary Lydia Chamberlain, Edward Delbridge Chamberlain(baby), Louisa Delbridge)Berry, Lydia Delbridge, Edith Berry(baby), Henry Parton May Berry. A baby, Lydia Vida Vivian (born July 1886) appears to be missing. The step-son of Elizabeth Symnons (Thomas Symons, born 1850) is also missing.”

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“Mrs Robert Chamberlain”

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Our album also contains this photo simply captioned by Lavinia “Mrs Robert Chamberlain”. The first Mrs Chamberlain, Eliza Delbridge of the Mythian Terrace photo above, died in 1870 and Robert remarried in Yorkshire in 1872. So which “Mrs Robert Chamberlain” appears here? The photographer’s identity doesn’t help much. We see that he was Thomas Foster Chuck of Royal Arcade (on the front) and of Collins Street East (on the back). According to Davies and Stanbury T.F.Chuck operated in Melbourne between 1864 and 1876 at various addresses – “Royal Arcade, Collins Street” from 1864 to 1876; “4 Collins St East” in 1869 and “Royal Arcade, Bourke Street East” from 1870 to 1876.
Going back to the Mythian Terrace group we see Mrs Chamberlain as a reasonably thin faced women. At the time Eliza had suffered from Phthisis (TB) for nearly two years and was to die within a few months. It is just possible that the photo here shows her at an earlier, healthier time but I’m not convinced. The two women appear to me very different, Robert looks more 40 here than early 30s and to me this looks to be a photo of the early 1870s not one of the mid 1860s. I would guess we are looking at a photo of 26 year old Lydia Moorhouse, the second Mrs Chamberlain. It was probably taken in 1872 on their return from England.

Everything I’ve looked at while putting this together seems to have uncovered another connection between the Chamberlains, Fitzroy and the Shaws but I’m going to save those for later and post this now.

Some of the Sources

1. 1881 ‘Advertising.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 5 March, p. 12, viewed 9 June, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5988505
Waddington at 109 Elizabeth (column 4 towards the bottom)

2. The Mythian Terrace image is held by the Fitzroy Library and appears on Picture Victoria here.

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“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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“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”

Amelia’s Wedding

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c1887

These two photos are from Lavinia Shaw‘s album. Both seem to have been taken on the day of her sister, Amelia‘s wedding. The wedding was held on the 25th April 1887 at her father’s home, “Old Hiawatha“. Both groups are posed around the left hand end of the verandah on the north west corner of the house. Lavinia’s caption for both photos is “Wedding Group”. Much later Mary Shaw added names for some of the subjects.

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“Wedding Group”

With Mary’s identifications in quotes, standing from the left are “Lavinia”, “Herbert”, one of the Thomas cousins(?), “Amelia Shaw & John Moore” and “Alfred Shaw”. Seated again from the left are “Eva”, “Arthur”(?), Margaret Shaw (nee Wilson), “Effie” and “Alfred (junior)”(?).

Mary didn’t identify Alfred’s second wife Margaret and for some reason she appears blurred or turned away whenever she appears in photos in the albums. I do have one clear portrait of her probably taken a little later so considering it and the dates and her placement in the album photos I don’t think there’s much doubt it is her.

I still have some doubts about Mary’s Identifications of the three older Shaw sons. To me the boy on the right looks like Ernest.

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“Wedding Group”

Across the back are John Moore’s father, William Moore, 2 unknown women (although the woman on the left may appear in an earlier 1884 photo), Lavinia, Margaret Shaw, Alfred Henry Shaw, John Clarke (husband of Mary Jakeman Clarke (nee Heywood), Effie Shaw and Amelia. At the front a Thomas cousin, Eva, Arthur(?), two women (is that the other Thomas cousin on the right?), Herbert and Ernest.

There is a possible identification for one of the “unknown women”. William Moore was a Baptist minister and would have travelled from Brisbane for the wedding. a long and ardous journey in 1887. I have a 1903 photo of his wife, Margaret, who would have been about 64 at the time and it is pretty certain that she does not appear here. William and Margaret had one daughter, Elizabeth, who would have been about 25. Could this be her at with the hat (and very pinched waist) at the rear.

The women’s clothes are a clue too. Amelia, Effie and Eva are in bridal white but most of the other women are in what look like very sumptuous satin dresses with strips of velvet at cuff and lapel. Only two vary from this, the possible Moore daughter and the woman in white and black at the front. The latter rests her hand on Margaret Shaw’s lap and seems slightly distracted. Margaret had only been in Australia for six months so who other than close family would be this familiar? Her sister’s Hannah family had no girls of this age so is this the other Thomas girl? She doesn’t appear with her sister in the other wedding group so maybe she was unwell? This may explain why she is dressed so differently to to her sister. I did consider that the other seated girl might be the other Thomas sister but even though the dress conforms her features don’t seem to fit with the earlier photos.

Rebecca Thomas married a year later and lived on until 1959. Her younger sister Elinor never married and died in 1927. I’m guessing that it’s Rebecca on the left and Elinor with Margaret.

J W Lindt Groups

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c1884

These photos were found in an album given by Herbert Shaw and Caroline Shaw in 1902 to Caroline’s sister Annie Bertha Hale. Annie Bertha died two years later and the album went back to the Shaw family and sometime later a number of early photos of ““Old Hiawatha”” found their way into its pages. These four are on cabinet cards produced by J. W. Lindt’s studio. As with a group in an earlier post the first three here are likely from late 1884.

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Old Hiawatha

“Old Hiawatha” from the west probably late afternoon September 1884 soon after the death of Hannah Shaw, possibly even on the day of her funeral. The photo immediately below was taken on a second front lawn to the left and behind the camera position of this photo. The orchard gate, location of the third photo, can be seen to the left of the house.

Alfred Henry Shaw is sitting on the window sill with a small child on his knee. Eva is sitting on the edge of the veranda. I’ve not been able to identify the four adults and there is no child I can find around this age in the extended family at that time.

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Fountain Group

The fountain was in front of the house in what is now the rear of 3 The Avenue. L-R are Lavinia Shaw, (Elinor Thomas?), Alfred Shaw (jnr), Amelia Shaw, Effie Shaw, (Rebecca Thomas?), Ernest Shaw and Eva Shaw.
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“Orchard Gate”

The same group at the orchard gate.
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“Entrance to the Orchard”

Another version of “Orchard Gate” photo, this time the paper is glued directly into Lavinia’s album.
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“The Yacht Almora”

The caption comes from a copy of this photo in Lavinia’s album. I’m not sure, but after the boat’s name on the stern it looks like “St. Kilda” which would fit with the location of Hiawatha. Maybe that’s St Kilda baths on the left and the Elwood foreshore to the right.
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“The Yacht Almora off St Kilda”

I should have looked a bit further into the album. A few pages on I found this with Lavinia’s caption confirming it is St. Kilda. A closer look reveals a very uncertain Alfred Shaw in bowler hat being taken for a sail by what looks like two of his sons. It shouldn’t be too hard to identify the buildings along the foreshore but maybe that’s a task for later.

Arthur Henry Shaw

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c1873

Again from the first page of Lavinia‘s album. Lavinia wrote “Arthur” on the back and Mary Shaw added the caption, “Arthur ?1871”.

Arthur was born in June 1859 and this looks like a boy 12-14 years old so 1871 to 1873?

I’ll go with 1873 as Carlton Portrait Rooms was operated at 221 Lygon Street by William Bear from 1873 until 1877 (Trove People) and a search of Trove for the business’ advertising returned entries only between mid 1873 and 1875.

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December 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Arthur & Lavinia Shaw

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This photo is also from the first page of the album. Lavinia has written “Arthur & Lavinia” on the back and Mary Shaw’s caption is “Arthur & Lavinia ?1864”.

Arthur Heywood Shaw was born in June 1859 and Lavinia Lavinia Shaw in November 1862. As mentioned in the previous post for the companion photo 1866 might be a better estimate of date than 1864.

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December 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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.

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