Object StatementPhotographic negative, miners outside a New England gold mine, glass / gelatin emulsion, published by Kerry and Co, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1885-1900
Physical DescriptionSilver gelatin dry plate glass negative in portrait format, depicting a man standing at the entrance to a gold mine. The man is leaning on a small skip at the entrance to the mine, in the centre of the imgae. The mine entrance is constructed of wood logs. A wooden track system for the skip is depicted in the foreground of the image. Three men can be seen standing at the top of the mine, near a wooden structure in the background of the image. One of the men is holding a wheelbarrow. The roof of the mine is constructed of logs, timber, branches bark and rock. Bushland is depicted in the far background of the image. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.
The man depicted at the entrance of the mine is believed to be Stephenson Moore. The son of Samuel Moore and Catherine McMullen, he was born in 1853 at Wollombi, New South Wales. Moore owned a goldmine at Baker's Creek near Hillgrove, New South Wales in 1889. He owned the mine in partnership with three other men, Speare and McBean and another unknown man. Moore was a shopkeeper and the other partners were a banker, policeman and undertaker. It is possible that the three men depicted at the top of the mine in this image are Moore's partners. Moore was married twice and the father of nine children. He had four children with his first wife, his cousin Anne Moore and had five children with his second wife Seline Annie Williams. Moore died in 1919 and is buried at Jilliby, New South Wales.
68/22 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 330 Kerry Studio Number
MarksCaption, studio number and studio mark on plate emulsion verso lower left corner, inscribed by hand in reverse print in ink "GOLD / MINING. / NEW / ENGLAND. / 330. Kerry. / Photo. / Sydney".
Inscription in plate emulsion verso upper right corner, scratched by hand "330".