A closer examination of selected photographs by varied photographers


George Stawicki

I discovered George Stawicki while visiting Osborne House a few years ago. There I saw this amazing aerial photograph of Geelong. Only one...

I excitedly spent the next hour examining it and taking a multitude of sectional photographs with my small Panasonic Lumix camera.

Needless to say I returned at a later date with my DSLR.

This album presents my sectional close-ups of George's amazing 1989 aerial photograph of Fyansford and Geelong.


Janet Hovey

Janet was a Fyansford resident, who with husband of John a longtime cementies worker, raised six children. Janet had a passion for Fyansford that was reflected in her photography; back in the days of non-digital cameras when films had to be sent away for processing.

I include Janet's gallery (as shared by Dianne Higgins) within this collection of esteemed photographers not necessarily because of her skills but, rather, because of her enthusiasm, persistence and the fact that she captured an event that few bothered with. I guess that's what real amateur photography is all about ~ capturing moments in time. 


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Hans-W. Kawitzki 


I first heard the name Hans Kawitzki while attending Light Seekers, a Geelong Camera

Club SIG (special interest group) to which I belonged. A fellow club member, friend and neighbour, Michelle Stokie, often referred to this gentleman with mixture of awe and respect. And, this piqued my interest. This series of blogs features some of the work of this photographic painter of light-n-colour; an inspiring gallery which must absolutely be of interest to photographic enthusiasts and followers of Fyansford.com.

Hans-W. Kawitzki                          (Blogs 1-5)

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Hans' Encore Series

 J ohn Henry Harvey

Architect & Photographer (1855 - 1938)


John Henry Harvey, an architect by trade, was one of the greatest Australian photographers of the 19th Century; a pioneering and prodigious amateur  who, over his lifetime, produced thousands of photographic images. The State Library of Victoria alone holds more than 2,800 of his photographs: very few of which have ever been published. Harvey’s lifelong interest in photography began in 1878 with him travelled widely throughout Victoria, designing and photographing in tandem. Consequently many of his photographs are of buildings and bridges. 

Source: Robert Haldane


John Henry Harvey

Amateur photographer  Ca 1875

At the time Harvey began his hobby the use of dry plates was commonplace. Notwithstanding this Harvey continued to use wet plates ~ to facilitate rapid development in the field. "If he was not satisfied with an image he wiped the plate and took another photograph". Harvey was not an advocate of ‘the new Eastman rolled film designed in 1885 writing, "Beware of the rollable film, for though a great convenience when all goes well, it is not to be depended as plates are". 

Source: Robert Haldane

John Henry Harvey


Aussie amateur photographer

Blog 1

Harvey completed an extensive series of photographs focussing on the Fyansford Paper Mills. It is not possible to be precise as to the dates of the photographs for they were all merely listed as being taken Ca 1875 -1938.

Source:  TROVE

Paper Mills, Fyansford

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John Henry Harvey


Aussie amateur photographer

Blog 2

Paper Mills Machinery, Fyansford

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I enjoy

examining photographs:

looking to see what is - in the background.

I did this recently with an old picture

like ~ really old...

an 1873 photograph by Thomas J. Washbourne


Thomas J. Washbourne

worked as a photographer in Geelong and Melbourne in the 1860s and '70s. He was also an itinerant photographer and was known in particular for his stereoscope images and views of Victoria with subjects including waterfalls, bridges, towns, pastoral scenes and images of working life.  In the late 1860s, Washbourne also commenced a series of studio portraits of local Aboriginal people.

Source: National Portrait Gallery

The photo in question... 

Junction of the Barwon and Moorabool River, Fyansford, taken by Washbourne in 1873.

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Community Commentary


Andrew Colquhoun


Exactly my thought when I opened Andrew's initial batch of images.

          And, then there were more.

          I'll share his offerings over the next couple of blogs...

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Tony Peach

We can all capture moments in time worth sharing. 

Not all are truly noteworthy or memorable ~ but each reflects the person doing the capturing; reminding us that we all perceive our world differently. 

Just as I was captivated by the little creature in my water-feature on Boxing Day, Tony saw something in our environment that took his imagination back in time.

Thanks for sharing, Tony.

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