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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Art genres  >  Portraits
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Framed photograph of Lawrence Hargrave, c1900

This is a sepia photograph taken about 1900 depicting pioneering aeronautic scientist Lawrence Hargrave wearing a suit and hat. In the background are bushes. The print is in a wooden frame with tortoiseshell overlay, and is protected by glass. On the top edge is a round metal hanging hook and the frame is backed with brown paper.

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Wedding gown and wedding photographs, 1952

This is a wedding dress worn by Betty McInerney (nee Stormon) and designed and made by Beril Jents in 1952. There are also accompanying photographs of the clothes being worn at the wedding. The wedding-dress ensemble comprises a dress, petticoat, bridal cap and gloves. The pencil-line silk satin dress has a voluminous overskirt ...

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Portrait of some of the Harvey brothers of Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1928

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait of eight of the eleven Harvey brothers who were associated with the firm of Daniel Harvey Ltd, an agricultural implement manufacturer of Box Hill in Victoria. Pictured in the back row are (from left to right) Gus, Dan, Mat, Arthur and Hughie. In the front row are Mick, Frank ...

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Portrait of 'Grandfather Harvey', c1920

This is a sepia-toned photograph of 'Grandfather Harvey', possibly Malachai Harvey or another family member related to the Harveys of Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural implement manufacturers. The photograph is 13.4 cm wide and 18.5 cm high.

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Children in fancy dress, Merrigum, c1910

This image comes from a photographic negative with the title 'Merrigum - Andrews children in fancy dress'. It is a group portrait of four children, three girls and a boy, dressed in Japanese costumes. It is part of the large Lilian Louisa Pitts Collection at Museum Victoria. The Collection is a lively record of life in ...

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Children in billycart, Merrigum, c1910

This photograph is a portrait of the Andrews children of Merrigum, with a billycart made from packing cases and tin cans. It is part of the large Lilian Louisa Pitts Collection at Museum Victoria. The Collection is a lively record of life in the small fruit-growing and dairying community of Merrigum in the first half of ...

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Concert group in Middle-Eastern costume, Merrigum, c1910

This image comes from a photographic negative titled 'Merrigum - concert group'. It depicts four young women dressed in Middle Eastern-style clothes. It is part of the large Lilian Louisa Pitts Collection at Museum Victoria. The Collection is a lively record of life in the small fruit-growing and dairying community of Merrigum ...

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Nancy Pitts in 'butterfly' costume, Merrigum, 1910s

This image from a photographic negative shows a young girl, Nancy Pitts, with a large bow in her hair and wrapped in a large sheet of cloth made to look like butterfly wings. The photograph was taken in the 1910s by Nancy's aunt, Lilian.

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Hugh McKay at the Sunshine Bowling Club, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph of inventor and industrialist Hugh McKay with members of the Sunshine Bowling Club, Melbourne, in about 1910. McKay stands on the bowling green with a number of bowling balls in front of him. A large number of men and women is grouped behind him, the majority wearing hats. The roof of ...

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Photographic portrait of Hugh Victor McKay, 1912

This is a black-and-white close-up photographic portrait of industrialist and inventor Hugh Victor McKay, taken in 1912. McKay faces the camera and is dressed formally in a three-piece suit, shirt and tie. He also wears a watch chain.

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Photographic portrait of Hugh Victor McKay, 1924

This is a black-and-white photograph of inventor and industrialist Hugh Victor McKay, taken in 1924, two years before his death. He is dressed formally in a three-piece suit, shirt and tie, and also wears a watch chain. He is staring at the camera and holding what appears to be a sheaf of papers.

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Andrianakis family on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 1957

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Andrianakis family in Fitzroy, near the family's home. Georgia and Dimosthenis Andrianakis are standing with their five sons Peter, Kevin, Angelo, Phillip and Arthur by the State Bank on Brunswick Street, which is visible to the left. Factories can be seen to the right. The ...

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'Not more snaps Mummy', mother and daughter, Preston East, 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph of Faye Irvine and her mother Jean on the front verandah of their home in Preston East, Melbourne. Faye is pictured aged 3 years and 7 months. She sits on a small chair, holding a black doll while her mother stands behind her. The photograph was taken in 1946, during the Second World War.

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Boy with two birthday cakes, 1942

This is a sepia photograph of Kevin Greenhatch posing with two birthday cakes on his third birthday in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran in March 1942. He is dressed casually in overalls and stands near the side of a brick house, behind an overturned box on which the two cakes are sitting.

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Jessie Street, 1889-1970

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Jessie Street, a prominent 20th-century human rights campaigner known as ‘Red Jessie’. The collection is introduced by the black-and-white passport photograph seen here that links to a richly documented biography on a showcase called 'Uncommon lives'. The showcase ...

Teacher resource

Through my own eyes: a self-portrait - teacher resource

This resource for teachers is a visual arts unit that leads to a resolved two-dimensional self-portrait on paper. The unit combines the techniques of drawing and painting and explores the concept of a personal environment. It is in four parts: exploring examples of portraits by artists across history; developing line-drawn ...

Video

'National quest for Miss Australia', 1945 - asset 1

This is an excerpt taken from a segment about the Miss Australia Quest in the weekly episode of a black-and-white newsreel with sound, Cinesound Review, which was distributed to Australian cinemas from 1 June 1945. The excerpt shows five of the nine finalists of the Miss Australia Quest having their portraits drawn or painted ...

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Goldscheider Porcelain Works and Majolica Factory, sculpture of woman's head, 1925

This is a hollow terracotta sculpture made by the Goldscheider Porcelain Works and Majolica Factory, Vienna, Austria, in 1925; it was probably modelled by Rudolf Knoerlian. Measuring 26.6 cm x 12.0 cm x 14.5 cm, the sculpture portrait is of a young woman set on a black, square, wooden base. The woman is depicted as having ...

Teacher resource

Felice Beato's Japan: people - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Alona Wilson

This is a collection of online materials centring on a richly illustrated essay by Alona Wilson. The essay is about the photgrapher Felice Beato and an album of 50 photographs of Japanese people that he compiled about 1869. As well as the essay, the collection includes a glossary of photographic terms, a chronology of Beato's ...

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Bob Brown on the defence of the 'leech-ridden ditch'

This resource is a video interview with Dr Bob Brown, former senator for Tasmania and parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens Party, talking about his perspective on the 1982-83 blockades to save the Franklin and Gordon Rivers from being dammed. He recounts his story via the landscape painting, 'Dr Brown and green ...