Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania
Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania
Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania
Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania
Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania
Go Back

Gibson Family Album And Mona Vale, Tasmania

c1877. Leather-bound album consisting of 89 carte-de-visite format photographs (albumen paper or tintypes), three lithographic cards and one pencil drawing, annotated and dated in ink on first page, some photographs captioned in pencil or ink, and most with letterpress studio lines on carte-de-visite backing, approx. 3.6 x 5.1cm to 9.5 x 5.9cm. Slight foxing, developing flaws and minor tears to some images, all laid down on original backing.

Annotation reads “To Helen Sutherland, from her loving niece, Janie Gibson, July 5th, 1877.”

This album appears to have belonged to the Gibson family of Belle Vue, Tasmania. Janie Gibson was a daughter of James Gibson, a noted Tasmanian sheep breeder; whose studs won prizes in Tasmania and on the mainland.

The pictures in this album comprise mostly of portraits, with some views of cottages and photographs of paintings. Several images relate to Dunedin, New Zealand, and are from Mary Gibson (sister of James) who married William Lang Bannatyne, an engineer in Dunedin.

Four photographs in this album show the house Mona Vale in Ross, Tasmania, which was not far from the Gibson property of Belle Vue, near Epping Forest. Mona Vale was built by politician Robert Kermode and at the time of its completion in 1867, it became the largest private house in Australia. It is known as a “‘calendar house’, for its reportedly 365 windows, 52 rooms, 12 chimneys and seven entrances.” Ref: Wiki; Examiner, 16.7.1906; The Argus (Melbourne), 22.7.1942.

.
Item #CL194-47

Please contact us re availability  other currencies