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2008/165/1 Photographic glass plate negatives (222), Sydney Harbour / Sydney buildings / street scenes / bush views / boxing / fencing, glass, possibly photographed by Arthur Phillips, Australia, 1880-1920. Click to enlarge.

Collection of glass plate negatives of Sydney and surrounds

Photographed
This collection of glass plate negatives was acquired by the Museum in the 1980s and appears to have been made by a Sydney based photographic studio from around 1890 through to 1920. The images are on both whole and half plate negatives and many of the larger images are of a high quality.

The subjects covered by the images relate strongly to a number of the Museum's collecting fields. Leisure and the performing arts are represented by a group of unusual boxing and fencing photographs, as well as sailing and portrait photos. One of these is a rare composite negative intended for producing Christmas greeting cards.

The numerous images of locations and buildings around Sydney and New South Wales depict the social and economic enterprise of the period. While some are of more commonly photographed subjects, such as the Botanical Gardens and Sydney Town Hall, others are of subjects such as logging and the foundations for the Queen Victoria Building.

There is another less formal set of negatives included in this collection that show community history in regional New South Wales.

The Museum has a significant collection of glass plates, such as those held in the Tyrrell and Clyde Engineering collections. This group of negatives complements and strengthens the Museum's holdings of this particular photographic resource.

Summary

Object No.

2008/165/1

Object Statement

Photographic glass plate negatives (222), Sydney Harbour / Sydney buildings / street scenes / bush views / boxing / fencing, glass, possibly photographed by Arthur Phillips, Australia, 1880-1920

Physical Description

Collection of photographic glass plate negatives including views of Sydney Harbour and shipping, major Sydney buildings including the Sydney Town Hall and GPO, street scenes, general 'bush' views, portraits, exterior and interior views of houses and details of garden ornamentation and some staged (tableau vivant) photographs including depictions of women boxing and men fencing.

Production

Photographed

Made

Notes

The photographic glass plate negatives were photographed and produced in Australia between 1880 and 1920.

History

Notes

The donor Raymond Phillips was a rotograver and for many years was responsible for the Australian Women's Weekly cover. His father, Arthur Phillips, was a gold and silver merchant and was possibly the photographer of the glass plate negatives. In 1920, the family moved from Sydney Street, Willoughby to Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill. A bachelor, Raymond Phillips remained in the house after his parents' death. The slides were found in a deal box in the garage.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Raymond W Phillips, 2008

Acquisition Date

14 August 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Collection of glass plate negatives of Sydney and surrounds 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 November 2020, <https://ma.as/375252>

Wikipedia

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