Historical information

AC/0108 is a framed reproduction photographic portrait of Miss Hilda Daniell, Principal of Ruyton 1913-1952. Miss Daniell, b.1878- d.1970, attended Ruyton 1893-1896 (matriculating twice 1895 & 1896). She became a teacher at Ruyton on and off between c.1898-1910 and was Chief of Staff towards the end of that period. In mid-1913 she purchased Ruyton after it closed during Miss Florence Earle Hooper's principalship. Miss Daniell was owner/Principal 1913-1930, when she transitioned Ruyton to becoming a company school overseen by a School Council, continuing as Principal until 1952. The school opened the first stage of the Hilda Daniell Building in 1953, named in her honour.

From The National Portrait Gallery website:
The Dickinson Monteath Studio operated at 296 Collins Street Melbourne during the 1930s and into the 1940s. The National Library of Australia has six Dickinson Monteith portraits, their subjects including dancers from the Ballets Russes and the Borovansky Ballet; Sir Henry Gullett; and Henry, Duke of Gloucester. (Updated 2018)

Physical description

Framed reproduction of a black and white studio photographic portrait showing the head and shoulders of an older woman. She is wearing glasses, a pearl necklace and a dark academic gown. She is facing the camera and has her hair pulled back in a bun. The upper section of an ornate chair appears to be behind her. The background is otherwise plain.

Inscriptions & markings

Hand lettered, lower right of photograph: "DICKINSON MONTEATH"
On plaque attached to glass in frame: "MISS HILDA DANIELL/ 1913-1952"

Mounting & framing

Timber frame; cream mount