Unidentified Gympie couple

Two quarter plate hand coloured ambrotype photographs of a prosperous-looking, unfortunately, unidentified couple. The exposed images are housed in their original thermoplastic Union case with “Angel and cherub/Morning” design, with their working brass hinges and clasp.

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Each ambrotype in the original gilt brass mat with stamped floral design at each corner and with ormolu preserver decorated with repeated floral motif and both with original glass. Both images are in perfect condition, strong, clear portraits of a very prosperous and expensively dressed couple. It is highly likely that they acquired their wealth either directly or indirectly from gold.

Gympie had developed rapidly after the discovery of gold in the area in 1867 and the town even became known as ‘The Town That Saved Queensland’.

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Notice on the table next to the gentleman’s left hand – nuggets of gold!

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

30198 Thomas Bevan Ambrotypes of a Wealthy Couple, Gympie, Queensland 1876. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

What a testament to their prosperity. It would be wonderful if we could identify this couple- can you help? Please contact us if you have any clues as to their identification.

This object has been digitised and can be viewed through our One Search catalogue.

Patricia Parr - Librarian, State Library of Queensland

 

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