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85/1285-502 Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, 1885. Click to enlarge.

Glass plate negative, 'Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.' by Henry King

Made
This photograph shows the aftermath of one of Australia's worst rail disasters of the 19th century. The accident occurred in the early hours of the morning of 25 January 1885 about five kms south of Cootamundra. The train had left from Albury and was fully laden with mail and passengers, many of them travelling to Sydney to attend the Randwick races the following day. It had been raining heavily for several days throughout southern NSW and the embankment supporting the rail line over Salt Clay …

Summary

Object No.

85/1285-502

Object Statement

Glass plate negative, full plate, 'Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, 1885

Physical Description

Glass negative, full plate, 'Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, 1885.

Silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

The negative is not fully catalogued.

39/36 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 641 King Studio Number

Marks

Bottom left: 6.1 Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.

Dimensions

Width

215 mm

Production

Notes

Henry King became sole proprietor of a photographic studio in George Street in 1880. Henry King's studio closed around 1900 and Charles Kerry acquired some of his negatives.

History

Notes

This photograph is one of 1334 Henry King photographs which are also part of a larger collection of 7,900 negatives once owned by Sydney bookseller, James Tyrrell. After King's death in 1923 the studio collection of glass negatives was purchased by Tyrrell.

In addition to the Henry King images, the Tyrrell Collection at the Powerhouse Museum includes glass plate negatives published by Kerry & Co. Studio and a number of other negatives by unattributed photographers. James Tyrrell used the images by Kerry & Co. and Henry King to produce his own booklets and views of New South Wales but although full of iconic Australian images, the collection does not appear to have been fully utilised by Tyrrell.

The photographic collection acquired by Tyrrell was purchased by Australian Consolidated Press and its new owners almost immediately set about producing a limited series of complete sets of contact prints of the collection for libraries and museums in New South Wales. Housed in boxes copies of these were given to the State Library of New South Wales and the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney.

In 1985 Australian Consolidated Press donated the collection to the Powerhouse Museum. The collection at this time consisted of 7,903 glass plate negatives and 7,916 contact positive prints. Of these 493 glass plates were damaged but usable and 13 plates totally broken.

Geoff Barker, Curatorial, December, 2008

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985

Acquisition Date

19 July 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Glass plate negative, 'Cootamundra Railway Disaster, N.S.W.' by Henry King 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 September 2021, <https://ma.as/31243>

Wikipedia

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