Item F3466 - Australian Aboriginal ceremonies

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Australian Aboriginal ceremonies


  • [18--]? - [19--]? (Creation)

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1 album : ill. ; 23 x 30 cm.

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Biographical history

Charles Kerry joined the studio of A.H. Lamartiniere in 1875 and after 1883 ran the firm as Lamartiniere & Kerry. He then operated a large commercial photographic firm under various forms of name: Charles H. Kerry (1884), Kerry & Jones (1886), Kerry & Co. (1893). He employed professional photographers and after 1895 took few photographs himself. He left the firm in 1911 to concentrate on his mining interests. From 1913 onwards he visited Tonga, Noumea, Fiji, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa, and photographs of these subjects are his own work. About 8000 glass negatives from his studio (including some negatives of Henry King which had been purchased by Kerry & Co.) were acquired in 1930 by Tyrell's Bookshop, and this collection was purchased by Australian Consolidated Press in 1980.

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Previously described as Fryer Album A8. [Probably from the Hayes collection]

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Album of 53 albumen prints, (20 x 15cm) mounted on board.
Most of the photographs relate to Aboriginal ceremonies including corroborees. There are also photographs of groups from Upper Macleay River and Darling River. Also photographs of individuals including 'Wharangoo' from Tenterfield district, 'Boree' from Jervis Bay, 'Yendhah' girl from Tumot tribe, N.S.W., Aboriginal girl 'Brungle', Aboriginal warrior Bellinger River, and Aboriginal with Derri headress.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Binding fragile.

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Most photographs are captioned, numbered and annotated with imprint of Kerry Photo Sydney. Some have pencilled captions on boards and are annotated with alternative numbering.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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