Portrait of John McDouall Stuart, April 1863
Scope and Contents
56 x 68 mm. Showing a seated head and shoulders portrait of the explorer. Around the perimeter of the print, is printed 'Professor Hall, Photo: Adelaide, Apr: 1863.' Stuart (1815-1866) was born in Fife and emigrated to South Australia in 1839. His first exploring expedition was with Charles Sturt in 1844, after which he practised as a surveyor until 1858. In that year he explored the Lake Torrens and Lake Gairdner hinterland, discovering rich grazing land of which he was later granted one thousand square miles by the government. He made further expeditions in 1859 and 1860, in the latter year reaching the centre of the continent. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the continent in 1861, he succeeded in 1862. Stuart died in England while returning to visit his sister and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.
- Hall, Robert, d. 1866 (photographer) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Robert Hall (c. 1821-1866) was one of the first commercial photographers in South Australia. Hall purchased his first camera from the artist S.T. Gill who had practised professionally for a brief time before joining the Horrocks exploring expedition. Hall set up a studio in Currie Street, Adelaide in 1846 and later in the same year took the first photographs of Perth, visiting the town for eight days in November. The spurious use of the title 'professor' was fairly common among nineteenth century photographers.
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Fair condition, some overall fading, and slight waterstaining.
Existence and Location of Copies
This collection is available on microfiche: Australasia, fiche number 9.
For more details of photography in Australia, see: Cato, Jack (1955), 'The story of the camera in Australia,' pp. 170-2, Melbourne: Georgian House.
This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.
Hall, Robert, d 1866, photographer
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