Recto & verso of cdv of prisoner John FITZPATRICK

The “Taken at Port Arthur 1874” inscription on the verso of a Tasmanian convict carte appears uniformly on many prisoner photographs originally taken by Thomas Nevin. The handwritten inscription and the date “1874” was written by an archivist ca. 1916, probably by John Watt Beattie who salvaged these cartes from the Hobart Gaol, but it has misled researchers into believing in the existence of a “Port Arthur photographer” of prisoners in 1874 (Long, 1995; Reeder, 1995). Thomas Nevin visited the site on several occasions in the company of other photographers (Alfred Bock, Samuel Clifford) from the mid 1860s to the mid 1870s, and by 1874 he was attending to police business there, checking transportation records against police record aliases. … More Recto & verso of cdv of prisoner John FITZPATRICK