"Photography is inescapably a memorial art. It selects, out of the flow of time,

a moment to be preserved, with the moments before and after falling away

like sheer cliffs"

Teju Cole, Essay in The Weekend Australian, January 16-17, 2016.

The Shadow Remains...

Shadows from the Past

"Photograph everything. Soon enough, it too will be gone.
History needs to be recorded, because if we don’t know the direction
we came from, we have no way of knowing where we are heading"
Les Brown
 

1870 - 80s

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Fred Kruger
Fred Kruger

View on the Moorabool River near Viaduct, ca. 1882

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Johan Friedrich Carl Kruger
Johan Friedrich Carl Kruger

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Fred Kruger

Born Germany 1831

Arrived Australia 1860

Died 1888

 

For an interesting commentary on Fred Kruger and some of his images see Art Blart

When a photograph outlives the body it becomes a memorial, even a way to ward off oblivion...

 

Charles Daniel Pratt

AirSpy

In the late 1920s Charles Daniel Pratt combined his military piloting experience from WW1 with aerial photography and started taking detailed aerial photographs of Victorian locations. ‘Airspy' is a wonderful collection of Charles’ very detailed aerial photographs; focusing on cities, towns and selected locations between the two world wars. 

Source: Dannielle Orr, City of Greater Bendigo's Heritage Planner, wrote of Charles Pratt in the Bendigo Advertiser

Introduce me to Charles Daniel Pratt

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"All that remained was the photo. It was orphaned from its source, and that source would be remembered by only this one angle, this single point of view, under precisely these lighting conditions." 

Teju Cole, Essay in The Weekend Australian,

January 16-17, 2016.

Weston Langford

 
1960s
W M Langford
W M Langford

Fyansford Cement Works viewed from approach road

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Weston M Langford
Weston M Langford

Fyansford Cement Works

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Weston Langford
Weston Langford

0-4-OT Perry

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W M Langford
W M Langford

Fyansford Cement Works viewed from approach road

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The photograph gives us a memory of something many of us have never seen.

Les Brown

 
1960s
Les Brown
Les Brown

A.R.H.S. Excursion to Fyansford. 1968. The RHS line went through a 1.2 km tunnel to quarry floor. The LHS line went to the locomotive servicing facilities, offices and rail and sleeper stores above quarry.

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Les Brown
Les Brown

General view of the Australian Portland Cement Ltd's locomotives, yards and wagon discharge area

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Les Brown
Les Brown

The conveyor system that replaced the railway can be seen overhead

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Les Brown
Les Brown

A.R.H.S. Excursion to Fyansford. 1968. The RHS line went through a 1.2 km tunnel to quarry floor. The LHS line went to the locomotive servicing facilities, offices and rail and sleeper stores above quarry.

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"Photography is at the nerve centre

of our paradoxical memorial impulses:

we need it there for how it helps us frame our losses,

but we can also sense it crowding in

on ongoing experience, imposing closure... 

 

John Henry Harvey 

(1855 - 1938)

               "...one of the greatest amateur photographers of the 19th Century..." 

John Henry Harvey
John Henry Harvey

Fyansford, near Geelong Ca. 1875

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John Henry Harvey
John Henry Harvey

Fyansford. Old Mill and Paper Mill

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John Henry Harvey
John Henry Harvey

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John Henry Harvey
John Henry Harvey

Fyansford, near Geelong Ca. 1875

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“What I like about photographs

is that they capture a moment

that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
Karl Lagerfeld

J. Lockwood Studios
J. Lockwood Studios

John Price's Starch Works, Fyansford 1933 Situated above the paper mills at Fyansford and 12 miles beyond the falls.

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J. Lockwood Studios
J. Lockwood Studios

Cabbage Tree Ned with his team outside the Black Bull Hotel in Malop Street, Geelong 1930

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J. Lockwood Studio
J. Lockwood Studio

Studio portrait of Aboriginal man and woman

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J. Lockwood Studios
J. Lockwood Studios

John Price's Starch Works, Fyansford 1933 Situated above the paper mills at Fyansford and 12 miles beyond the falls.

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Includes culturally sensitive images

"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition

in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908) 2004)

Robert Pockley

 
1940s
Robert Pockley
Robert Pockley

The Falls Paper Mill on the Barwon River, ca. 1940

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Robert Pockley
Robert Pockley

Limestone quarry, Australian Cement Co., Fyansford, ca.1940

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Robert Pockley
Robert Pockley

Aerial view of the Fyansford Cement Works, ca. 1940

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Robert Pockley
Robert Pockley

The Falls Paper Mill on the Barwon River, ca. 1940

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This must surely be one of the last aerial photos taken of the Cement Works...

Note: number of kilns, aerial conveyor belt and the rail-line connecting to North Geelong

Robert Pockley Studios - Undated

I think this image truly captures the mood of the times...

Detail from Robert Pockley Studio's photograph ~ currently on display in Osborne House, Geelong

Junction of McCurdy Road and Hyland Street Also rail tracks

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The cement silos and cement works

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Neighbouring Fyansford township and Robert Pockley Studios signage

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Junction of McCurdy Road and Hyland Street Also rail tracks

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"When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel

the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice ..."

Robert Frank, photographer

 

Thomas J. Washbourne

 

Thomas J Washbourne was active photographically: 1868- 1888.

 

During this period he published a series of stereoscopic photographs of views in Victoria, primarily of the Melbourne and Geelong districts with a focus on everyday life, waterfalls, bridges, towns and views of pastoral holdings and landscapes.

He worked in Geelong during the 1860s, operating a photographic studio in Geelong West (1875 ~1880) and North Geelong (1888).

 

In the late 1860s Washbourne commenced a series of studio portraits of local Aboriginal people. Examples of Washbourne's work are held by the State Library of Victoria and within the Historic Photographs Collection, University of Sydney.
 

Sources:

National Portrait Gallery

Design and Art Auslralia Online

National Library of Australia TROVE

Thomas J Washbourne
Thomas J Washbourne

Fyansford, Geelong ca. 1850-1900

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Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

Queen's Bridge from Newtown Hill

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Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

King Billy of the Barwidgee People, ca.1870

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Thomas J Washbourne
Thomas J Washbourne

Fyansford, Geelong ca. 1850-1900

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“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965)

 

Harold Parker

Harold Parker / Thomas Washbourne???
Harold Parker / Thomas Washbourne???

Buckleys Falls Barwon River

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Harold Parker
Harold Parker

Morangurk falls on the Moorabool River, ca. 1850 -1900

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Harold Parker
Harold Parker

Rapid on the Barwon, Fyansford ca. 1850-1900

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Harold Parker / Thomas Washbourne???
Harold Parker / Thomas Washbourne???

Buckleys Falls Barwon River

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“A photograph is a secret about a secret.

The more it tells you the less you know.”

Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971)

 

George Stawicki

George Stawicki Photography

Wow! What a great surprise!
The photo I have been waiting for...
And, it was there - under my very nose - all the time...
George Stawicki Photography
George Stawicki Photography

Slideshow includes both overview and detail from George's original 1989 image 

Photograph on display in Osborne House, Geelong

Geelong photographer, George Stawicki, specialises in:

  • aerial photography

  • weddings

  • portraits

  • buildings and architecture.

Aerial View of Cement Works, Fyansford

Photographed by G. and D. Stawicki, 1981

Source: Geelong Heritage Centre

 
Weston Langford 1963
Weston Langford 1963

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1963
1963

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Vulcan No 4 on trestle bridge November, 1964 From Weston Langford Railway Photographt
Vulcan No 4 on trestle bridge November, 1964 From Weston Langford Railway Photographt

Check out their Fyansford Collection...

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Weston Langford 1963
Weston Langford 1963

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“In photography there is a reality

so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” 

Alfred Stieglitz (1864 – 1946)

Serendipity...

noun  ser·en·dip·i·ty \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\

luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for

 

Serendipity meaning a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise" was coined by Horace Walpole in a letter dated 28 January 1754.

Serendipity! I love it...

Like alluvial gold it radiates excitement, overflows with potential, stimulates imagination and initiates further endeavour....

 

If a Gen Fyansford neighbour hadn't:

  • stumbled across my website

  • been aware of some photos which her husband had kept; photos that originally belonged to a friend of his father, who, in turn, had received them from his father and

  • been prepared to share them with me

we would have all been so much the poorer...

Thanks, Alexandra Casboult!

Here is my latest Serendipity Image
  • What is the photo titled?
  • Who was the photographer?
  • When was the photograph taken?
Image 1

Stereoscopic photography is the art of capturing and displaying two slightly offset photographs to create a single three-dimensional image. See: Stereo Photography

Gallery of Serendipity Images
Harold Parker???? Or T.J.Washbourne?
Harold Parker???? Or T.J.Washbourne?

Fyansford, Geelong ca. 1850-1900

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Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

Dog rock falls Moorabool River ca. 1860-1869

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Thomas J Washbourne
Thomas J Washbourne

Queen's Bridge, Geelong

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Harold Parker???? Or T.J.Washbourne?
Harold Parker???? Or T.J.Washbourne?

Fyansford, Geelong ca. 1850-1900

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As forwarded to me by Alexandra Casboult
 
 

Altered Reality

The Stereoscopic Era

The PSA definition of Creative is “Altered Reality.”

The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of these three.

Creative images are often montages (a blending or composite of multiple images).

Stereoscopic photography involves the creation of a single image from two images.

Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

Queen's Park Bridge, Geelong

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Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

Morangurk Falls on the Moorabool River ca. 1870-1888

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Unknown photographer
Unknown photographer

Barwon River Valley, ca. 1890

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Thomas J. Washbourne
Thomas J. Washbourne

Queen's Park Bridge, Geelong

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This unit grows from the Serendipity section.

“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact

over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” 

Anne Geddes (1956)

 

A somewhat Rural perspective...

The Barwon looking toward the cementies
The Barwon looking toward the cementies

From 'Lost Geelong'. Is that Button Hill on LHS?

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Fyansford, near Geelong
Fyansford, near Geelong

John Henry Harvey Ca 1875

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1832-1878, photographer.
1832-1878, photographer.

Richard Daintree, ca. 1860-70

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The Barwon looking toward the cementies
The Barwon looking toward the cementies

From 'Lost Geelong'. Is that Button Hill on LHS?

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 "I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph

more powerful than what you actually observed"

Galen Rowell

The Barwon River Valley

 
A Hot Day, Fyansford Bridge, Geelong
A Hot Day, Fyansford Bridge, Geelong

Postcard

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View of the Barwon River Valley at Herne Hill, Geelong, taken from the top of the Hermit's Hill
View of the Barwon River Valley at Herne Hill, Geelong, taken from the top of the Hermit's Hill

J. W. Stockwell, ca. 1890

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Barwon River near Queen's Park
Barwon River near Queen's Park

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A Hot Day, Fyansford Bridge, Geelong
A Hot Day, Fyansford Bridge, Geelong

Postcard

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“Photography can only represent the present.

Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” 

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991)

 
Outing on the Moorabool 
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
Ansel Adams
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For the best ever gallery of exhibits

from the famous, now historic,

Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum

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There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adams

K. L. Cecil ~ as posted by Peter Cecil

Cs 1906
APC Quarry 1971
K.L. Cecil

Hey! Great, mate!

And the nuggets keep turning up...

Cheers, Keith!

 

I love the detail in K. L. Cecil 's image

 

A must read by Nikki Gemmell

Weekend Australian Magazine,  April 14, 2018

Our

reflections & memories

Do it now

Speaking of the non-digital image, Nikki observes,

"...there's a quietness to our antique ways of looking, a totality of focus,

a slowness ..... We believed photos then; yet in the age of social media, we don't, quite.  Everything is so posed, deleted, re-shot. The photographer of old captured; now we all curate."

She also comments,

""And, horrors, around a third of photos now taken will remain frozen forever on accounts where the password's been forgotten, or the phone has been lost or broken, or they're trapped on obsolete hard drives, making them inaccessible to us and future generations."

Gone in a flash...

 
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Postcards

A postcard is usually a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. In some places a postcard costs less to post than a letter. Collectors (deltiologists) distinguish between postcards (which require a stamp) and postal cards (which have the postage pre-printed on them). While a postcard is usually printed by a private company, individual or organization, a postal card is issued by the relevant postal authority.

The world's oldest postcard was mailed in London, England, in 1840.

 

Source:  Wikipedia

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Postcards of old...

Early 1900s Ca.
Early 1900s Ca.

Victoria By Aussie~mobs (flickr)

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1901 Ca
1901 Ca

Fyansford Bridge and Cement Works (Victorian Places.com.au)

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Undated
Undated

A hot day, Fyansford Bridge Creator: Unknown

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Early 1900s Ca.
Early 1900s Ca.

Victoria By Aussie~mobs (flickr)

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Mitch Pilgrim

Ca 1980

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Ca 1980

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Ce 1980

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Ca 1980

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