A photograph album came into my hands in
1988 through the thoughtful work of a person who
discovered and identified it. The album, which is a
handsome leather volume, contains 89 studio photos of the
approximate period 1850 to 1890. These are in the form of
cartes-de-visite which are similar to small postcards and
which could be sent to distant family branches.
The names on several photos indicate that the album
contains pictures of members of the Hake, Hemsley and
Edwards families from England and Australia, who all form
part of my family's ancestors. In fact, through a study
of the names present, it has been possible to find
several extra branches and go back another generation in
the elusive Edwards family of London.
These family trees are located under HAKE, HEMSLEY and EDWARDS and relevant photos have been copied there
The publication 'The Mechanical Eye in Australia' by Alan
Davies & Peter Stanbury gives a great deal of
information about photographic processes and the names
and dates of Australian photographers.
If anyone is able to match any of these photos other
photos in their own collection, I would be glad to
receive information. These photos may be downloaded for
use in other collections if desired.
Attached is a document listing the photo descriptions sorted in
order of location of the photographer.
The photos taken in Adelaide in the period 1855-75 may be
of the families of Fanny Hemsley, married John Holman in
1863, with children Herbert (1864), Emily (1865), Bertha
(1866), and Charlotte Hemsley, married Sidney Hake in
1863, with children Helen (1864), Gertrude (1865), Mabel
(1866) and Robert Sidney (1868).