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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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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, 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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Lavinia’s Other Album

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Title Page

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Cover

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Frontispiece

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.

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“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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5892453
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, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5901147
HINDOO SATIRES on AMMONIAC SQUIRTS in SNAKE-BITES. Sold by Dunn and Collins, booksellers, opposite Post-office, Melbourne. Extracts appear weekly in ” Collingwood Mercury.”

Elsie Ross’ Album

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Cover

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Elsie Ross

This album was left with Mary Shaw on the death of her cousin Elsie Ross. Growing up, Elsie Ross was just “Auntie Elsie” who usually turned up for Christmas meals. I don’t think anybody except Mary knew exactly how she was related to us. I’ve since worked out that she was my “first cousin three times removed”, her mother being the sister of my great grandfather, Thomas Mitchell Hale.

Elsie’s mother died in 1939, twenty years after her father. Her only sibling, Roy, had died in the Great War so I guess it was to be close to her cousins that she returned to Victoria from Tasmania in the 1940s. Besides my great aunts she had other cousins but I’m not sure how much she saw of them. My memories of her blur a little into those of the other real and assumed aunts but I do remember being a little spoiled by her as a very young boy.

This album is small and contains only a few photos and some of these were inserted by Mary later. There’s Elsie with her mother, Elsie as a child and the snap on the left from the 40s, maybe on her return to Melbourne. Apart from these there’s a set six photos that seem to have been taken while on a picnic around 1900. Elsie is in some but the names of the other subjects can only be guessed at. It does seem strange that there is no portrait of her father or brother and I have to wonder if these few photos are all that remain of a larger set.

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Elsie and her mother

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Above is Elsie with her mother, Elizabeth Hannah Ross (nee Hale). It was taken about 1885, most likely at the Piper Street Kyneton studio of photographer William Hordle Smith. The photo below is also by Smith, now in Mollison Street, and from Elsie’s age would have been taken about 1890.

More portraits by W. H. Smith can be found at the State Library of Victoria and also a group shot of the Kyneton Angling Club. Maybe Elsie’s father is in this group. As the local undertaker operating near Smith in the Kyneton High Street it is at least a possibility.

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Picnic – Early 1900s

The rest of the photos in Elsie’s album seem to be amateur shots taken all on the same day. They are printed on very thin paper and are now extremely brittle. There are no captions.

Below is a group at the base of some river falls. I can only guess that this is close by Kyneton where the family were living until 1916. The Campaspe River runs through Kyneton but doesn’t seem to have much in the way of similar features. A couple of miles to the southwest of Kyneton is the Coliban River and on it are a number of dams. I’m guessing that this shot was taken somewhere near there prior to the construction of the reservoirs, on a quick read early last century.

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Group at the Falls

Just left of centre in this detail from the photo above there is a photographer with his camera and wooden tripod.
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Detail

With some minor variations this group below appears in all except the last of the rest of the photos. I think it is Elsie in the foreground with the white ribbon on her hat. I would put her age at mid to late teens and the photo 1900 to 1905. The ring on her finger is a mystery.

So who are the others? Is it possible that the older man and woman are her mother and father who would have been 54 and 60 in 1900? Try as I might I can’t see her mother from the 1885 photo as the older woman here. Could the man with moustache and glasses be brother Roy? Born in 1888 Roy would have only been 15 in 1903. Maybe the photo was taken later? Or is this Elsie with a beau and his family?

Look closely at the photos and you will see what looks like a box camera near the billy in front of the older man. Note also the fur around the shoulders of the younger man. Leather bound books can be seen front left of the third photo. In the second last Elsie and the young man can just be seen sitting in the grass on the other side of the dam. A water pipe crosses the top of the hill in the last photo.

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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?)

“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 3)

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As well as the Launceston area prints posted previously Lavinia Shaw‘s album has these of Hobart and Mount Wellington.

While searching for a bit more on the locations I came across a series of wobbly stereoscopic images of similar Mount Wellington scenes. Not really directly relevant but here’s a link anyway.

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“The Ploughed fields Mount Wellington”

The Ploughed Field on Mount Wellington

probably Samuel Clifford (1880s?)

Although the angle is ever so slightly different the one above is very much like this one by Samuel Clifford held by the Tasmanian State Library described as:

Title: The Ploughed Field on Mt Wellington
In: Tasmanian scenes P. 7
Publisher: [ca. 1873]
Description: 1 photograph : sepia toned ; 11 x 19 cm
Format: Photograph
ADRI: AUTAS001124850322
Source: W.L. Crowther Library
Notes: Title inscribed in ink below image ; date noted in pencil at lower right of image on album page
Exact size 104 x 183 mm
“Tasmanian scenes” also known as “Clifford album 3”
Subjects: Rocks – Tasmania – Photographs
Hobart (Tas.) – History – 1851-1901 – Photographs
Other creators: Clifford, Samuel, 1827-1890
Variant title: Clifford album. 3

Samuel Cifford was a close associate of well known Tasmanian photographer Thomas Nevin.

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“The Bower Mount Wellington”

Fern Tree Bower Mount Wellington

Unknown (1880s?)

There are many similar contemporary shots but I could find no other copy of this print. This one seems to have been taken shortly after mine – note the missing and broken ferns.

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“Falls below Mount Wellington”

Silver Falls, Fern Tree Bower, Mount Wellington

Unknown (1880s?)

This one is unsigned and I can find no other copy but it is very much like this one attributed to Stephen Spurling 2nd in the National Gallery of Canada described as:

Silver Falls, Fern Tree Bower, Mount Wellington
Stephen Spurling, Attributed to
c. 1870-1899
17.9 x 23 cm
albumen silver print
Gift of Donald C. Thom, Ottawa, 1980
National Gallery of Canada (no. 33447)

The Tasmanian State Library has a few a few similar prints.

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“Hobart Tasmania”

Part of a Hobart Panorama

Henry Hall Baily c1870

The University of Tasmania identifies this as the left side of a panorama described as: “Photograph from the collection of James Backhouse Walker of a view of Hobart looking towards the Eastern Shore. The panorama has been taken from Mr. Roberts’ garden with various shrubs and a Norfolk Island pine in the foreground. Henry Hall Baily is the photographer. He had studios in Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets Hobart from 1865 until 1918.”

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January 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

Bought Ones (Tasmania Part 2)

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Apart from the four Spurling prints of the last post, Lavinia Shaw‘s album included three more scenes from the Launceston area.

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“Cataract Falls Launceston”

Cataract Falls from First Basin

William Cawston (1880s?)

The stamp on the lower right identifies the photographer as William Cawston. This can be seen more clearly on another print from the same negative held by the Tasmanian State Library and described as follows:

Title: Falls from First Basin
In: Tasmanian scenery (Cawston) P. 18
Publisher: [18–]
Description: 1 photograph : sepia toned ; 16 x 21 cm
Format: Photograph
ADRI: AUTAS001124850983
Source: W.L. Crowther Library
Notes: Title inscribed in pencil below image ; undated
Exact size 155 x 208 mm
Subjects: Waterfalls – Tasmania – Launceston – Photographs
Gorges – Tasmania – Launceston – Photographs
Rocks – Tasmania – Photographs
Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas.) – History – 1851-1901 – Photographs
Other creators: Cawston, W. fl. 1863-1891. (William),
Variant title: Cawston album

A short biography of William Cawston can be found here.

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“Launceston”

First Basin, Cataract Falls

Unknown (1880s?)

A similar photo in the Tasmanian State Library identifies the place but the photographer remains unknown.

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“The Devil’s Punch Bowl Launceston”

Devil’s Punch Bowl

William Cawston (1880s?)

Another print held by the Tasmanian State Library identifies the photographer:

Title: Devils Punch Bowl, Pen Quite
In: Tasmanian scenery (Cawston) P. 11
Publisher: [18–]
Description: 1 photograph : sepia toned ; 16 x 21 cm
Format: Photograph
ADRI: AUTAS001124850926
Source: W.L. Crowther Library
Notes: Title inscribed in pencil below image ; undated
Exact size 154 x 210 mm
Subjects: Rocks – Tasmania – Photographs
Waterfalls – Tasmania – Launceston – Photographs
Punchbowl (Launceston, Tas.) – History – 1851-1901 – Photographs
Kings Meadows Rivulet (Launceston, Tas.) – History – 1851-1901 – Photographs
Other creators: Cawston, W. fl. 1863-1891. (William),
Variant title: Cawston album

As far as I can work out this was taken near what is now the Punchbowl Reserve in what is now the southern suburbs of Launceston. I was unable to locate the falls exactly or establish whether they still look similar.

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January 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

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