Summary

One of three albums in the R.E. Johns collection. The first page of the album includes an inscription in pencil of '5/1/1890' with initials which are illegible. A label with 'R.E. Johns' is adhered to this page also. Although the album is dated to 1890 the photographs within have dates ranging from 1870 to 1880. The date of 1890 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, brown, with embossed design on front and back; with brass trim and small brass catches both of which are still intact. The album contains 52 albumen prints window mounted in carte-de-visite style. Inside the front cover a handwritten index has been inserted providing a page number, some content information and a year date for each photograph. On the the first page is a pencil inscription with initials that are illegible and a date. A printed label identifying the owner, has been adhered to the inside front cover. Contains photographs depicting indigenous people New Caledonia, Australia and particularly Victoria.

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