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Sweet, Samuel White
Title : Sweet, Samuel White Sweet, Samuel White
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Source : B 5959
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Samuel Sweet is well known as a photographer but he was also a ship's captain and a surveyor. Born at Portsea, England 1825, Sweet joined the navy at around 19 years old and travelled extensively to China and India. He was commander on the Pizarro (ship) and then the Sarah Neumann (ship) for N. J. Myers Son & Co. of Liverpool. He arrived in Adelaide 1867 and worked as a photographer.

He soon took to sea again 1869 and was in command of various vessels until 1875 when his ship the Wallaroo, was involved in an accident. Sweet was blamed and following an enquiry, retired from the sea. He set up a photographic studio in Rundle Street, running a travelling photographic service from there, mainly concentrating on landscapes. Sweet became the colony's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s. In the early 1880s he was one of the first to use the new dry-plate process.

Before migrating to Australia, Sweet had married Elizabeth Tilly. They had four daughters and five sons. He died suddenly of sunstroke on 4 January 1886 at Halldale near Riverton.

See all of the Library's digitised holdings of Captain Sweet's photographs.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)

Darwin (Northern Territory)

Coverage year : 1870
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Adelaide and Darwin
Region : Adelaide city,Northern Territory
Further reading :

Barrie, S 150th anniversary of professional photography in Australia, 12th December 1842 to 1992 : a historical retrospective [Morningside, Qld.] : S Barrie, [1992]

Cato, J The Story of the Camera in Australia Melbourne: Georgian House, 1955

Davies, A The Mechanical eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900 Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985

Kwan, Elizabeth Living in South Australia: a social history Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Robinson, J A century in focus : South Australian photography, 1840s-1940s Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007

Sierp, Allan 'Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, p. 231

State Library of South Australia, Archival collection Papers of S.W. Sweet (PRG 742)

Internet links :

Art Gallery of South Australia About Photographers

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition Samuel White Sweet



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