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Victorian scenery

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3087L

Scope and Contents

Album of albumen prints, each photograph is mounted on a card with letterpress description on the back, headed 'Views of Victoria (general series)', though the front cover of the album is lettered 'Victorian scenery.' The state Library of Victoria contains a copy of 'Views of Victoria 1877-1879', which contains 60 photographs. This RCS collection, though numbered up to 37, has five gaps (15, 16, 19, 27, 34).


  • Creation: 1877 - 1879

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Nicholas John Caire was born in Guernsey on February 28th 1837. His family, who were of Scottish descent, emigrated to Adelaide circa 1858. Caire pursued his interest as a photographer while working as a hairdresser. He studied photography under Townsend Duryea and became a travelling photographer. In 1865-68 he had a studio at 97 Hindley Street, Adelaide. In 1870 he moved his business to Scandinavian Crescent, Talbot, Victoria. From 1872-75 he was based at View Place, Sandhurst (now Bendigo), Victoria. In 1876 Caire purchased the Melbourne studio of Thomas F. Chuck. In 1880 he was active at 11 Royal Arcade, Bourke Street, Melbourne and in the same year he was one of three official photographers to the Melbourne International Exhibition and was later made photographer by special appointment to the government of Victoria. In 1885 Caire moved to 2 Darling Street, South Yarra. He occupied various studios in South Yarra until circa 1900.


32 item(s) (32 images)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Gilbert Dodd in 1955.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Australasia, fiche numbers 74-75.

Related Materials

See Caires' other published photographs at Y3087C, 'Views of Bendigo'.


This item collection level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Caire, Nicholas John, 1837-1918, photographer

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