Henry Handel Richardson with her Mother Mary and Sister Lily, ca. 1881-1882 / photographer Stewart & Co., Melbourne

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    Henry Handel Richardson was the nom de plume of Ethel Florence Lindsay Robertson, one of Australia's earliest woman authors. She is the girl, left, posing in this idyllic setting with her Mother, Mary, and her sister, Lily in one of the Library's prettiest cartes de visite.

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    1. beachcomberaustralia 59 months ago | reply

      Coincidentally, Tom Roberts (see previous two photos) worked at Stewart & Co. Bourke Street ca 1880. I wonder if he arranged the backdrop, set and sitters for this photo? Ref - adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110419b.htm

    2. State Library of New South Wales collection 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks, beachcomberaustralia, that is a nice coincidence, wholly unplanned. we swear!

    3. Lulybelle 59 months ago | reply


    4. leonardo italiano 59 months ago | reply

      love these old photos. i should post some of my families oldies someday,

    5. Greg Miles 59 months ago | reply

      What a great shot. Interesting info. about Tom Roberts.

    6. beachcomberaustralia 38 months ago | reply

      She grew up to look like her mother -

    7. pellethepoet 38 months ago | reply

      Stewart & Co. were at 217 & 219 Bourke Street between 1881 and 1889, and I think the studio font design on this card was used towards the latter part of the period (a less elaborate font design was used earlier - Dec. 1882 see handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/73255). As Tom Roberts left for London in 1881 and returned in 1885, and was working again for Stewart & Co. posing sitters, it is quite possible he did pose this one.

      Some more on Stewart & Co. and Tom Roberts in my recent post here -

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