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1864 Ambrotype

February 10th, 2012 by

Unidentified men

This is one of the Ambrotypes that we hold in the Museum collection. Our Curator Geoff Barker states;

This photograph is significant because it is one of the few surviving hand-painted ambrotypes with links to Australia. While millions of these ambrotype photographs were produced around the world and many thousands in Australia remarkably few have survived that can be linked to Australian society during the 1860s. Although the sitters in the portrait are currently unidentified the museum recognises the importance of maintaining its collection of ambrotypes as examples of the fashion and early photographic processes in Australia in this period. This is particularly the case with this photograph as ‘Australia 1864′ has been etched into the glass covering the photograph and it is hoped that research may at some future date identify the sitters.

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