Summary

One of three albums in the R.E. Johns collection. The inside of the front cover of the album includes a handwritten inscription: 'R E Johns Landsborough, Victoria, 1867'. A label with 'R.E. Johns' is adhered to this page also. Although the album is dated to 1867 the photographs within have dates ranging from 1878 to 1889. The date of 1867 may well refer to the date R.E. Johns received the album or compiled the album. The column in the index which lists the date probably indicates when R.E Johns obtained the photograph or added it to the album or it may actually refer to the date the photograph was taken. Cross referencing of the photographs to other collections where the photographer and date of photograph is known has supported this theory. With reference to the provenance of each photograph; although some information is available from the index regarding the background of the subjects, it is not always assured that the photograph was actaully taken in those places.

Physical Description

Small hardcover album, biege, with embossed floral design on front and back. The album contains 16 albumen prints window mounted in carte-de-visite style. Between the cover and the first page is an index originally attached with cotton thread, which has become detached with time. Handwritten captions on each line of the index provide a page number, some content information and a year date for each photograph. Depicting indigenous people from Polynesia, Melanesia and Asia. The inside page of the front cover contains a handwritten annotation and an adhered printed label identifying the owner.

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