Another significant early photograph album digitised by the Library

In September 2014 I wrote a blog post about an album of photographs taken by Alfred Hawes Stone during the 1860s which had been digitised by the State Library.

Tim Croft, who is a direct descendant of Alfred Stone, read the post and showed the online photographs to his mother, Dorothy. Dorothy Croft is Alfred Stone’s great-granddaughter and the pair was impressed with the quality of digitisation and the way the photographs had been described and presented. The family has another album of photographs taken by Alfred Stone which had been lent to the Library for copying back in 1976. Of course, there have been huge advances in technology since then. In light of this,Tim and his mother decided to offer the Library the chance to copy their album – this time in a digital format.

Tim Croft with the Stone album of photographs (6923B)

Alfred Hawes Stone’s great great grandson,Tim Croft with the Stone album of photographs (6923B) in the Library’s Preservation Services workroom

Tim Croft, Les Tucker and Tricia Fairweather

Left to right: Tim Croft and State Library staff Les Tucker and Tricia Fairweather. Les photographed the album and Tricia is one of the subject specialists in family history

The Collection of photographs taken by A.H. Stone during the 1860s and featuring people, buildings and scenes in Perth is now available for viewing online. It contains 204 photographs from the 1860s featuring members of the Stone family and their friends as well as numerous buildings in and around Perth. Alfred Stone was a very keen photographer and it is wonderful that so many of his photographs have survived and are now able to be shared online. The State Library acknowledges the generosity of the Croft family in sharing their family treasure with us.

The individual photographs are yet to be catalogued but you can browse through the album using the link above and a small sample of images is included below.

Alfred Hawes Stone, October 1861 (6923B/119) appears on page 49 of the album

Alfred Hawes Stone, October 1861 (6923B/119) – appears on page 49 of the album

Alfred Stone's home Alpha Cottage, St George's Terrace, Perth (6923B/181) appears on page 86 of the album

Alfred Stone’s home Alpha Cottage, St George’s Terrace, Perth (6923B/181) – appears on page 86 of the album

Corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth taken from Perth Public Hospital (6923B/62) appears on page 26 of the album

Corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth taken from Perth Public Hospital (6923B/62) – appears on page 26 of the album

Aboriginal man, Daakin (6923B/26) appears on page 12 of the album

Aboriginal man, Daakin (6923B/26) – appears on page 12 of the album

Mr and Mrs R.D. Hardey, nee Maria Jemima Stone (6923B/146) appears on page 60 of the album

Mr and Mrs R.D. Hardey, nee Maria Jemima Stone (6923B/146) – appears on page 60 of the album

View of St George's Terrace to Perth Boys' School taken from William Street. J. Dyer's store is in the foreground (6923B/106) - appears on page 44 of the album

View of St George’s Terrace to Perth Boys’ School taken from William Street. J. Dyer’s store is in the foreground (6923B/106) – appears on page 44 of the album

Miss Elizabeth Louisa Hardey, September 1862 (6923B/143) - appears on page 59 of the album

Miss Elizabeth Louisa Hardey, September 1862 (6923B/143) – appears on page 59 of the album

Government House and the WA Volunteers after the presentation of Commissions to the Officers by Governor J.S. Hampton, December 1863 (6923B/196) - appears on page 96 of the album

Government House and the Western Australian Volunteers after the presentation of Commissions to the Officers by Governor J.S. Hampton, December 1863 (6923B/196) – appears on page 96 of the album

Early Perth photograph album digitised

Mill Point from Mt Eliza and little Lizzie, 6909B/23

Mill Point from Mt Eliza and little Lizzie, 6909B/23

A fascinating album of some of the earliest photographs of Perth has recently been digitised and made available through the State Library catalogue. The photographer is Alfred Hawes Stone who compiled the album for his daughter, Fanny, on the occasion of her marriage to George Hampton in 1868.

Alfred Hawes Stone was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England and arrived in Western Australia on the Caroline in October 1829. In 1831 he was issued a permit to practise law and this was followed by a succession of official appointments including Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages in 1841, making him Western Australia’s first Registrar. Together with his brother, Frederick, who followed Alfred out to the colony in 1831, he established a firm of solicitors originally called A H & G F Stone. Alfred eventually rose to the position of Attorney-General.

Outside his professional life he was a keen musician and gardener and, most importantly for the Library, was an avid photographer in what were the early days of photography. The album comprises 146 photographs most of which were taken during the period 1860 to 1868 and bears the following inscription:

“Fanny Annette Hampton from her affectionate father A.H. Stone with his blessing & fondest love. 30th October 1868.”

The photographs capture scenes in and around Perth and Fremantle as well as images of family and other members of Perth society at that time. You can see Perth Town Hall during construction, the Pensioners’ Barracks, Government House, the Bishop’s Palace and more. Some images are delightfully informal, such as the one featured here with Alfred’s grand-daughter, Lizzie, in the foreground.

It has been difficult to accurately date some photographs and some of the subjects are not fully identified. We welcome any further information you may be able to supply about individual photographs. This can be done by filling in the online form that appears once you click onto a photograph to enlarge it.

If you are interested in reading more about Alfred Hawes Stone, there is an excellent book on him entitled Court and Camera: the life and times of A.H. Stone: a pioneer lawyer & photographer in Perth. Copies are available to view in the Battye Library (3rd floor) or may be purchased in the State Library Bookshop.

View the Stone album of photographs of early Perth and Fremantle or alternatively go to our online catalogue and type ‘stone album’ under keyword and select State Library Pictures from the drop-down box. The first result is for the album and the other results are the individual catalogue records for each photograph. Many of these have additional information in the notes or summary.

Frederick Flood Photographic Images

State Library of Western Australia has recently acquired a large collection of photographic images and watercolour paintings by Frederick Flood.

Frederick Flood moved to Western Australia from England in 1912. In 1919 he was employed by West Australian Newspapers mainly preparing artwork for advertisements but his talent was recognised and he became a full-time photographer for the newspaper.

For the next 40 years he painted, drew and photographed people, buildings and rural scenes in Western Australia and recorded a unique insight into the lives of West Australians.

State Library of Western Australia will preserve the images and watercolours for future generations and make them available for viewing at the State Library and electronically via our catalogue at Photographs and water colours by Frederick Flood : scenes of Perth and rural Western Australia . Other works by Flood, or about him, can be found by searching our catalogue using Frederick Flood in a keyword search.

A book about Flood and his work is available at the State Library and in public libraries Embellishing the Landscape: The Images of Amy Heap and Fred Flood 1920-1940.

State Library will continue to add to the images available online so please visit again as we add images.