Historical information

Henry Beater Christian (1886-1962) , was a descendant of one of the earliest settler families in Kew. Employed at the Kew Asylum as a 'public servant', he was a skilled amateur photographer, photographing numerous scenes in Kew and on his travels around Victoria. The majority of his photographs date from 1916 to 1929. His finest photographs are housed in two photograph albums.


A very rare, early panoramic view of Macauley's boat house on the Yarra River at Kew.

Physical description

Digital copy of a photograph from page 2 of the 47-page photograph album containing 261 gelatinous silver images, loaned by Diane Washfold with permission given to digitise and hold a copy in our collection. The photograph is of Macauley's boat sheds on the Yarra River at Kew. The boat sheds was located at the west end of Molesworth Street. The photograph is taken from the Yarra Bend Park side of the river looking down on the boat house from above. The canoes belonging to Macauley's are lined up on the river bank.

Inscriptions & markings

"Macauley’s Kew"