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Nettleton, Charles, 1832-1902 (photographer)



  • Existence: 1832 - 1902


Charles Nettleton was a commercial photographer based in Victoria, Australia. He arrived in Melbourne in 1854 and joined the photographic business of Duryea and McDonald, where he took charge of the outdoor work. Nettleton took official photographs illustrating the metropolitan development of Melbourne. He opened his own studio in 1858 (Cato 1955, p.31-33). From 1858 to 1900 Nettleton had a variety of studios in Melbourne, Carlton and Fitzroy. At different times he operated as: Hewitt and Nettleton; Melbourne Stereoscopic Company, Manager; Calder and Nettleton (Davies and Stanbury 1985, p.204). Nettleton photographed the official opening of the first railway train to run in Australia. He took many photographs recording the development of Melbourne, including images of the water and sewerage system, trams, bridges, viaducts and streets. For a time he was the official police photographer and in 1880 photographed Ned Kelly. Nettleton produced the first album of photographic views offered to the public in Australia. He died on January 4th 1902. (Cato 1955, p.31-33).


Cato, Jack (1955), 'The story of the camera in Australia'. Melbourne : Institute of Australian Photographers.

Davies, Alan and Stanbury, Peter (1985), 'The mechanical eye in Australia: photography 1841-1900'. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

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Views in Melbourne and New Zealand

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3089B
Scope and Contents A miscellaneous collection of photographs, of various sizes, mounted on card. Most prints are captioned; titles given to uncaptioned prints are in square brackets. There are also 42 numbered captions on card (some appearing to have been cut from the prints?), in an envelope kept with the collection. Photographs are by Charles Nettleton, Herbert Deveril and possibly William Meluish. The geographical locations break down thus:1-3 Views of Dunedin, c.1858-60, possibly by William...
Dates: 1858 - 1880
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