Thursday, 6 June 2013

Unknown male by J. Hubert Newman [Carte de visite]

Photo details:

TitleUnknown male by J. Hubert Newman
Date1873 ±1
CollectionGeorgina Auld nee Muir photo album
Digital IDapc-000035

Photo TypeCarte de visite

Mount Size63 x 105 mm
Mount Thickness0.525 mm
Mount ColourNatural
Mount EdgesStraight
Mount CornersSquare

Image Size60 x 93 mm
TechnologyAlbumen
Features-

Front ImprintSmall lettering
Back ImprintLarge sized, text and artwork
Front face
Rear face


Front face:

Unfortunately the name of the gentleman in this photograph is currently unknown - maybe you can help? If so leave a comment. The robes worn by  this gentleman may indicate that he is in the clergy. The album that this photograph belongs to was once owned by Georgina Muir. In this particular branch of the Aulds, both the Muir and Auld names have strong links to the Presbyterian church. Georgina Muir married Reverend John Auld and their son John Hay Goodlet Auld also became a Reverend in the Presbyterian church.

One possibility is the Reverend James Stirling Muir. Rev. John Calder has written an article on One Hundred Years of Presbyterianism on the North Shore, 1844-1944: St Peter's Presbyterian Church, North Sydney in which there is mention of Reverend Muir in Sydney during the early 1870s. Inducted into the pastoral charge of St. Peter's Church, North Shore (Sydney), in 1870, Rev. James Stirling Muir continued until 1871 at which time he left the colony. James Stirling Muir's father Rev. John Muir, was also a minister in the Presbyterian church. 

To date a connection has not been found between the Rev. James Stirling Muir and Georgina Muir.

Unknown male by J. Hubert Newman (front face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000035-s1]

Imprint on the front face is small text and reads "J. HUBERT NEWMAN   HYDE PARK, SYDNEY"

Rear face:

Unknown male by J. Hubert Newman (rear face) [Auld Photograph Collection apc-000035-s2]

Imprint on rear face is large sized and includes both text and artwork. Inscription of the text reads as:

PHOTOGRAPHER BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR
[top medal] AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW SOUTH WALES 1870
[bottom left medal] PRACTICE WITH SCIENCE AWARDED TO J.H.NEWMAN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS 1872
[bottom right medal] PRACTICE WITH SCIENCE AWARDED TO J.H.NEWMAN FOR CRAYONS 1872
[monogram] JHN
J. HUBERT NEWMAN
PHOTOGRAPHER AND CRAYON PAINTER
12 South Head Road
Hyde Park
SYDNEY
See Trove Tuesday : John Hubert Newman [Photographer] for more information on John Hubert Newman and his photographic studio at 12 South Head Road. As discussed in that post, the documentary evidence based solely on the information provided on the back imprint dates the photo to 1872-1874, or 1873 ±1 year.