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Tom Lennon Commercial Photography Archive

This archive of negatives from the Sydney commercial photographer Tom Trembath Lennon (1908-1992) contains approximately 1800 images ranging across the period 1927 to 1949.

Tom Lennon was born in Sydney and first attended school at Lewisham. His interests in the arts led him to form close friendships with many theatrical figures as well as experimenting with photography. In the 1930s he opened a commercial and portrait studio on Victoria Road, Drummoyne, Sydney, and his friendships appear to …


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Object Statement

Archive, commercial photography, glass negatives/cellulose acetate and nitrate film, Thomas (Tom) Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 1927-1949

Physical Description

Archive, commercial photography, glass negatives/cellulose acetate and nitrate film, Thomas (Tom) Lennon, Sydney, Australia, 1927-1949

The archive of the commercial photographic studio of Thomas Lennon, known as Tom Lennon, 64 Victoria Road, Drummoyne, NSW. The 1796 negatives are largely of balls and dinners held in Sydney, but also include weddings, funerals, work events, parties, portraits, pets, fashion, horse races, and various places and events in Sydney.

The majority of balls and dinners in the photos were held at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom. Other venues include: Cavalier Café, Coffee Inn, Farmers Blaxland Galleries, Fellowship Club Rooms of the International Correspondence School, Granville Town Hall, Hordern Brothers, Jack Keating Dance Studio, Oddfellows Hall, Palais Royal at Moore Park, St George's Hall at Newtown, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney Town Hall, the Trocadero, University of Sydney's Great Hall, and Wentworth Hotel and Café.



Thomas Trembath Lennon (1908-1992) was born in Sydney. He was a commercial and portrait photographer, operating his studio at 64 Victoria Road, Drummoyne, NSW during the 1930s and 1940s. During World War II he was a machinist with AWA and worked for some time at the Daily Telegraph. In 1955 he moved to Wagga Wagga and worked as photographer for the Daily Advertiser for 20 years. An extensive collection of his work (photographs and films) during his Wagga period is held at the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives.


Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

14 February 1994

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Tom Lennon Commercial Photography Archive 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 August 2022, <>


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