Queen Of The South’s Palace [Slab Hut], Goulburn and Royal Palace [Brick House], Goulburn
Queen Of The South’s Palace [Slab Hut], Goulburn and Royal Palace [Brick House], Goulburn
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Queen Of The South’s Palace [Slab Hut], Goulburn and Royal Palace [Brick House], Goulburn

c1890/1909. Pair of vintage silver gelatin photographs, postcard format, each titled with photographer’s name in negative lower left to right and inscribed in ink in various hands verso, 8.9 x 14cm (approx. each). Slight creases, minor stains.

Photographers’ lines read “Mrs Caspers Photo” and “Rice Photo.” Inscriptions read:

(1) “Mrs Geo. Brown, c/o Mr Mills, 124 Auburn St, Goulburn. Dear Mrs Brown, I received letter for Arthur and he won’t be home until tonight some time and he will write tomorrow. It is terrible hot over hear [sic], nearly roast you. My mum has to leave her house, they are pulling it down in three weeks’ time and father is buying a house he was looking at today on government ground and the man wants £80[?] for it, 6 rooms so it will be better than the one we have now. Love to all from Violet.” This postcard is postmarked “Werris Creek NSW, 8 Oc. 1909.”

(2) “Mr. A. Brown, c/o [?], Werris Creek. May 29. Dear Arthur, First line to let you know I got the box all right and got it at 3.45 on Friday and the letter card at 4.30 so you see the box beat the card back…Love from Mum. PS. This is the latest of the royal family.”

Both images relate to an eccentric family, the Dawsons, who lived in Goulburn. They were self-appointed as king and queen, and subsequently named their hut/home the “royal palace.” Ref: Goulburn Post, 11.4.2017, with illustration of their first dwelling, a slab hut.

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Item #CL191-28

Price (AUD): $1,100.00  Other currencies

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