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- Mugshots removed: William Ford 1886
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- Prisoner mugshots by Constable John Nevin to 1890
- Mugshots of James Geary 1874 and 1889
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- Convict portraits by Thomas J. Nevin at the National Library of Australia
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- Robert aka James Ogden, photographed by Nevin 1875
- Paris Expo 1855: Captain Goldsmith’s blue gum plank
- Thomas J. Nevin’s Blue Ink Series
- Cousins Edward and Elizabeth baptised at St Mary’s Rotherhithe
- Captain Edward Goldsmith and the wreck of the James 1830
Thomas J. Nevin produced large numbers of stereographs and cartes within his commercial practice, and prisoner ID photographs on government contract. He was one of the first photographers to work with the police in Australia, along with Charles Nettleton (Victoria) and Frazer Crawford (South Australia). His Tasmanian prisoner vignettes ("mugshots") are the earliest to survive in public collections.
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These two images of Tasmanian prisoner Hugh Cohen (or Cowan/Cowen) differ slightly in details of his scarf arrangement and shirt collar. The two photographs as captures were taken at different sittings only a short time apart by Thomas J. Nevin, although printed in different formats. The negative and carte-de-visite vignette (on left) was taken and printed by Nevin at the Hobart Gaol on the prisoner’s arrival from the Supreme Court Launceston in early April 1878, when Cohen’s sentence of death by hanging was passed and was still current. The second negative was taken and printed in the oblong format in late April 1878 when Cohen’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Continue reading
Most prisoner photographs taken in the 1880s in Tasmania required the subject to face the camera, and in some instances, show the backs of the hands clearly. The full frontal gaze marked the transitional phase between Thomas Nevin’s early to mid-1870s commercial vignettes and the 1880s prisoner photographs, taken more often than not at the Hobart Gaol by his brother John Nevin. No full profile photographs, in addition to the single full frontal shot, were taken until the late 1890s when the methods of Bertillon took hold Continue reading
James Geary arrested by Sub-Inspector Dorsett, 20 May 1870. Thomas Nevin often accompanied Sub-Inspector Dorsett as assistant bailiff, a service he continued through to 1886. Geary was photographed by Nevin on being discharged from the Police Office with FS on 20th February 1874. Continue reading