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Albert E. Nevin 1917

Above: Albert E. Nevin, youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin ca. 1917
Painted photograph. Copyright © KLW NFC Imprint 2003-2016

The Thomas J. Nevin weblogs

Welcome to Tasmanian Photographer Thomas J. Nevin at WordPress.com.

Thomas James Nevin snr (1842-1923) produced large numbers of stereographs and cartes-de-visite within his commercial practice, and prisoner ID photographs on government contract from 1872. He was assisted at the Hobart Gaol by his brother Constable John Nevin from 1876-1888. T.J. Nevin 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 ID photographs or “mug shots” are the earliest to survive in public collections.

This is a research and publication site developed by descendants, readers, contributors, private collectors and selected researchers. We hold no fiscal or personal affiliations with any public collecting institution or heritage site, nor do we recognize any claims of familial relations or ancestry associations. CEASE & DESIST notices for these specific individuals are current: Julia Clark; Edwin Barnard; Hamish Maxwell-Stewart; Chris Long and  Nevin Hurst (among others) for theft of our intellectual property, fraudulent representations of historic sources, and personal abuse directed at the family and descendants of Thomas J. Nevin.

Old Chinese saying: “When you drink the water, remember who dug the well“.

The first weblog on Nevin’s photographic work appeared at the host Blogharbor in 2003, and moved to Google Blogger, WordPress and Freehostia in 2006-2007. We import documentation and research developed on the main weblog, Thomas J. Nevin at Google Blogger for back-up purposes, different layout options, and wider search engine indexing. A second weblog documents aspects of Nevin’s prisons and prisoner photography at Prisoner Pictures, a selection of which also appears on this site.

Links within articles viewed here, therefore, will refer you back to other articles on the main weblog, in most cases.

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These are dynamic and growing sites with constant changes and additions to current entries. The weblog RSS is updated daily, and every version & revision is recorded, printed and stored at the publishers. All research is original and in press. Print publication and CD production of any of these materials is prohibited. Do not make hard copies or archives. Commercial use can not be granted. Librarians please note: do not archive as preserved pages.

Disclaimer: We have not voluntarily contributed to any publication which supports the misattribution of Nevin’s prisoner/convict photographs (350+ extant) to the non-photographer A.H. Boyd, nor do we condone any attempts by public institutions or private individuals to co-opt the work on these Nevin weblogs and associated sites to apply the misattribution.

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