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Harris, Robert, fl. 1880-1899 (photographer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: fl. 1880 - 1894

Biography

Robert Harris was a commercial photographer active in South Africa. He had a studio at Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, 1880-1890 (Bensusan 1963, p.236). He exhibited photographs at the Port Elizabeth Exhibition 1885 and the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. From 1891 to 1894 Harris was in partnership with Thomas McKnaught (Bensusan 1963, p.236). Harris produced a number of photographically illustrated books.

Publications:

Cowan, Charles (1882), 'Southampton to South Africa'. [Contains photographs by Harris]

Harris, R. (c. 1876), 'Photographic views of Port Elizabeth and neighbourhood'.

Harris, R. (188?), 'Photographic album of South African scenery'.

Harris, R. (1888), 'South Africa illustrated'.

Sources:

Bensusan, A.D. (1963), '19th century photographers in South Africa'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 6, pp.219-252.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

 Item

Barberton, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/94
Scope and Contents 189 x 127 mm. A view of the town of Barberton, the headquarters of the De Kaap gold fields. The neatly laid out houses and streets are enclosed in the semi-circular ridge of hills from which the photograph is taken. The heyday of gold production in the area was from 1882-1887 and this view was probably taken around the end of this period. 'By the beginning of 1887 it had, indeed, developed into a town of open structure which spread from under the Saddleback to Lomas Ridge, while in the...
Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Barberton, De Kaap Gold Fields, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/92
Scope and Contents 189 x 126 mm. A view of the town of Barberton, the headquarters of the De Kaap gold fields. The neatly laid out houses and streets are enclosed in the semi-circular ridge of hills from which the photograph is taken. The heyday of gold production in the area was from 1882-1887 and this view was probably taken around the end of this period: By the beginning of 1887 it had, indeed, developed into a town of open structure which spread from under the Saddleback to Lomas Ridge, while in the...
Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Crown Street, Barberton, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/99
Scope and Contents

191 x 126 mm. A view looking along the wide unsurfaced street towards the Kaapsche Berg with the Royal Albert Hall (billiards, concerts and restaurant) in the right foreground and the Temperance Hotel at the farther end of the street.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Devil's Kantoor, De Kaap, Alluvial Gold Fields, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/91
Scope and Contents

190 x 125 mm. Showing the small settlement and mine workings at Devil's (or Duivel's) Kantoor near Barberton.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Hydraulic Mining, Lydenberg [i.e. Lydenburg] Gold Fields, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/104
Scope and Contents

174 x 125 mm. Showing two prospectors using a powerful water hose to sluice away the top soil on a claim.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Moodies from Union Company's Battery, showing Pioneer United Company, Barberton in distance, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/98
Scope and Contents

192 x 127 mm. A view looking out over the mine workings on the hillside with the Union Company's stamp battery in the foreground. Barberton, to the east, can just be made out in the distance beyond the spur at the right of the photograph.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Pilgrims Rest, Lydenberg [Lydenburg] Gold Fields, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/103
Scope and Contents

175 x 125 mm. Showing a section of the mining town of Pilgrim's Rest.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Sheba Reef, Bray's Golden Quarry, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/101
Scope and Contents

127 x 192 mm. Showing mine workings on the steep hillside of the Sheba Reef.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Sheba Reef Oriental Company, De Kaap, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/102
Scope and Contents

124 x 192 mm. Showing mine workings on the steep hillside of the Sheba Reef.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

The Exchange, Barberton, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/100
Scope and Contents

193 x 124 mm. Showing a large group around the step of the Transvaal Share and Claim Exchange, a single storey corrugated iron building run by the Trust and Agency Company Limited.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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Barberton (inhabited place) 5
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