This photograph is significant because it is one of the few surviving hand-tinted 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 1850s and 1860s. The accession register states that the sitter in the portrait is a young woman 'Mrs. C. A. Ross' but we currently have little more in the way of information relating to this couple. Even so 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.
Geoff Barker, Curatorial, September 2009