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Arthur and the Chamberlain sisters.

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Arthur H Shaw


Victoria Chamberlain


Lydia Chamberlain







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.


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.”


“Mrs Robert Chamberlain”



Mrs Chamberlain

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,
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.


Alfred & Amelia Shaw

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

Alfred Heywood Shaw was born in January 1858 and his sister Amelia Sarah Shaw in July 1861. Estimating the children’s ages in this and the companion photo of Arthur and Lavinia suggests to me that 1866 might be a better date than 1864.

Either date would fit with G. W. Perry’s operation at 49 Elizabeth Street from 1863 to 1871 (see ‘More Information’ against another Perry photo)



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.


Shaw Family

Dinah Heywood

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There are two copies of this photo in the Shaw family albums and both have captions added by Mary Shaw probably in the 1960s. Mary identifies the subject as her great grandmother, Dinah Heywood . The copy shown here is from an album originally owned by Mary’s aunt Lavinia Shaw. The other copy is from an album compiled by her uncle and aunt Herbert and Caroline Shaw.

The back of this copy shows writing in what looks like a number of different hands. At the top is “Mrs Dina Heywood” which may be in Lavinia’s hand (see “Mother” on the back of 003_003B, Hannah Heywood).

In the middle are the words “Granny Heywood” in what looks like Mary Shaw’s handwriting. Above that “Mrs Tucker” seems to be in the handwriting of a third person. The words to the right look like “& Miro”and seem to have been added at the same time as “Lavinia Shaw” below. If you look hard at the bottom right corner “Grannie Heywood” can just be seen. The handwriting is not Mary’s – possibly Lavinia’s.

There were two Mrs Tuckers close to the Shaw family in the 1880s. Rebecca Thomas was Lavinia’s cousin who lived next door until at least the 1870s and who married Ernest Wallis Tucker in 1888. The dress of woman suggests an earlier era and what’s more we probably have Rebecca in another photo from the 1880s looking nothing like this. Another possibility is Rebecca’s mother-in-law to be, Susannah Tucker. She would be more the age of the woman in our photo and probably moved from the country to St Kilda in about 1881 after the death of her husband.

Both cards are from Federal Studios of Collins Street East. The back of the one above gives the photographer’s name as “F. E. Elliott, Photographic Artist” of “George & George’s Federal Studio, 11,13,15 & 17 Collins St East. “The Mechanical Eye” has mention of this business but unfortunately doesn’t provide dates for its operation.  A search of the Trove newspaper archive returned a number of advertisements indicating that Elliott operated at this address between 1880 and 1886.

This presents us with a problem. Dinah was born in 1806 so in 1880 she would have been about 74, much too old to be the woman in the photo. It seems unlikely that Lavinia would have incorrectly identified her grandmother who lived close by until her death in 1884 when Lavinia was 21. It seems doubly unlikely that the same photo would appear in Herbert Shaw’s album next to his childhood Nanny if the subject wasn’t someone important to him.

Weighing this up, the most likely explanation seems to be that the Elliott cards were used as backings for reproductions of a much earlier photo of Dinah with “Mrs. Tucker” being the original subject of a previous photo on the first backing (if so it must have been removed as there is no photograph below this one).

It’s unlikely that we’ll find any other photos of Dinah to confirm it absolutely but the back of the second copy may reveal something more and there may be more to be learned from similar photos in the albums.

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