This photograph of H.C. Russell is a large print of the photograph taken in January 1898 by the commercial photographer J. Hubert Newman. A copy print of the same portrait is also held in the Powerhouse Museum collection (P3332).
H.C. Russell, was the Government Astronomer at Sydney Observatory from 1870 -1907. This original Newman print by one of Australia'a better known nineteenth century commercial photographers is significant because it formed part of the fabric of Sydney Observatory, having hung in the foyer of the Observatory for many years. It is also significant for its relationship to one of Australia's pre-eminient Scientists who played an important part in the development of science in Australia.
Geoff Barker, Assistant Curator, Total Asset Management Project, January 2008