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Photograph - Scene from the Black Spur / by Nicholas Caire, circa 1876

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc Level 1, Kew Court House 188 High Street Kew Victoria

Description
Views of Victoria (General Series) No.27 / ‘Scene from the Black Spur’ / Albumen silver photograph mounted on board
Size
Mounted 24 x 30 cm; Photo 12 x 17 cm.
Object Registration
1984.0001.27
Keywords
nicholas caire (1837-1918)
Historical information
Nicholas Caire was born on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 1837. He arrived in Adelaide with his parents in about 1860. In 1867, following photographic journeys in Gippsland, he opened a studio in Adelaide. From 1870 to 1876 he lived and worked in Talbot in Central Victoria. In 1876 he purchased T. F. Chuck's studios in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. In 1885, following the introduction of dry plate photography, he began a series of landscape series, which were commercially successful. As a photographer, he travelled extensively through Victoria, photographing places few of his contemporaries had previously seen. He died in 1918.
Reference: Jack Cato, 'Caire, Nicholas John (1837–1918)', Australian Dictionary of Biography.
When Made
c. 1876
Made By
Anglo-Australasian Photographic Company (Maker)
Significance
An original, rare photograph from the series 'Views of Victoria: General Series' by the photographer, Nicholas Caire (1837-1918). The series of 60 photographs that comprise the series was issued c. 1876 and reinforced a neo-Romantic view of the Australian landscape to which a growing nationalist movement would respond. Nicholas Caire was active as a photographer in Australia from 1858 until his death in 1918. His vision of the Australian bush and pioneer life had a counterpart in the works of Henry Lawson and other nationalist poets, authors and painters.
Inscriptions & Markings
On Reverse:
‘The scene which this illustration represents is taken from one of the slopes of the Black Spur Hill, on the Great Dividing Range of Mountains, and is characteristic of the scenery to be found in most parts of the beautiful and romantic districts of Fernshawe and Healesville.’
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM