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85/1284-265 Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Blue Gums', Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1884-1917. Click to enlarge.

'Blue Gums' by Kerry and Co

This photographic negative was published by the Sydney firm Charles Kerry & Co. and is part of the Powerhouse Museum's Tyrrell collection which contains over 2,900 glass plate negatives by Kerry & Co. Although a few appear to be from the 1880s most were produced between 1892 and 1917. Over this period, and well into the early 1900s, prints from these negatives appeared in many Australian publications and albums of views. In 1903 the company began producing postcards from these negatives, …


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Object Statement

Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Blue Gums', Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1884-1917

Physical Description

Glass negative, full plate, 'Blue Gums', Kerry and Co, Sydney, Australia, c. 1884-1917.

Silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. The image depicts young girls playing near trees which are probably river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). The trees are depicted in the centre of the image and the area around them is flooded with shallow water. A rope and [wood] swing is attached to the trees and a young girl is sitting in the swing. A second girl is standing in ankle deep water on the left side of the swing holding one of the ropes. A third girl can be seen in the centre left of the image stading on a grassed area. The river red gums form a canopy over the area where the girls are playing. The lower part of the trunk of one tree has a hessian like material wrapped around it. The flooded area continues to the background of the image where a fence and a forested area can also be seen. The caption, studio mark and studio number are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

This image is likely to have been taken in the Riverina region of New South Wales which is well known for its river red gum trees. Although this image is captioned 'Blue Gums' the trees depicted better resemble river red gums.

56/34 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 470 Kerry Studio Number


Caption, studio number and studio mark on plate emulsion verso lower left, inscribed by hand in reverse print in ink 'BLUE GUMS / 470. Kerry. Sydney.'
Inscription on plate emulsion verso upper right corner, scratched by hand '470'.



215 mm

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'Blue Gums' by Kerry and Co 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 March 2023, <>


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