Freeman Brothers Studio Portraits

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1865-1875.

This group of rare large format collodion negatives were made by the Freeman Brother’s Studio between 1865 and 1880. It was established as the ‘Freeman Brothers and Wheeler’ by William Freeman and his brother James in George Street in 1854; it was still running nearly a 150 years later.

One of the keys to their success was their continual upgrading of their equipment and premises to ensure they delivered the latest techniques. As a result they attracted the cultural elite of Sydney to their st...


Photographic negatives and wooden chest once containing 28 portraits, collodion / glass, Freeman Brothers Studio, Sydney Australia, 1865-1875

29 portraits each 20" x 16", some broken, all in wooden chest measuring 25 1/2" x 17 1/2".


510 mm
410 mm


Collodion emulson on on large plate glass negatives.


Gift of Freemans Studios, 1969
6 February, 1969

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Freeman Brothers Studio Portraits 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 October 2017, <>
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