Thomas Nevin and Robert Smith 1865-1868

Robert Smith may have operated a studio prior to his partnership with Nevin, as Mrs Esther Mather referred briefly to the “coloured ones from Smith’s” in a letter to her step-son, dated October 1865. On Robert Smith’s departure to Goulburn, NSW, where he opened a small photographic studio before taking  up farming and politics, Thomas Nevin pasted the verso of a few more photographs with the label bearing their name, but with Smith’s name struck through, and the word “Late”added. … More Thomas Nevin and Robert Smith 1865-1868

Tasmanian Studios to 1900

PHOTOGRAPHERS working in TASMANIA 1860s-1900s HOBART, LAUNCESTON & REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIOS ABBOTT, Alfred. Amateur. Hobart. 1859-1863 ABBOTT, Charles (brother). Amateur. Hobart. 1857-1859. AIKENHEAD, William. Launceston. Amateur 1860-1890. ALLPORT, Morton. Amateur. Holbrook Place 1859-1866. AMERICAN STUDIO CO. Collins St. 1880; Allen & Gove. ANSON, Joshua at H.H.BAILY, 1872-1877. ANSON Bros; 132 Liverpool St. 1878-1880; 36 Elizabeth … More Tasmanian Studios to 1900

Nevin & Smith studio Elizabeth St. Hobart 1865-1868

Two studio stamps and one label have survived from their brief partnership. The first stamp featuring the Royal insignia of three feathers and a coronet, banded with the German “ICH DIEN” (I Serve) dates from the visit of Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, the Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria, in 1868 on H.M.S. Galatea.

These two children were probably photographed for an album of forty-eight photographic prints depicting the children of Tasmania which was gifted to Prince Alfred at his final reception on 18th January 1868 before returning to NSW where he was to survive an assassination attempt weeks later (at Clontarf, 12th March 1868). According to Jack Cato (1977:58), a group of Tasmanian photographers was invited to contribute to the Children’s Album … … More Nevin & Smith studio Elizabeth St. Hobart 1865-1868