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Town Hall, Adelaide
Title : Town Hall, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer
Source : B 58005/12
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The Adelaide Town Hall and part of the former Treasury Buildings in King William Street.

This image is from an album of 50 photographs of Adelaide and country subjects by Samuel White Sweet.
Samuel Sweet is well known as a photographer but he was also a ship's captain and a surveyor. Born in Portsea, England in 1825, Sweet joined the navy at around 19 years of age and traveled extensively to China and India. He was commander of the Pizarro (ship) and then the Sarah Neumann (ship) for N. J. Myers Son & Co. of Liverpool. He arrived in Adelaide in 1867 and worked as a photographer.

Captain Sweet went back to sea in 1869 and was in command of various vessels until 1875 when his ship was involved in an accident for which he was blamed. He then retired from the sea and set up a photographic studio in Rundle Street, Adelaide. He ran a traveling photographic service from there, mainly concentrating on landscapes. Sweet became South Australia's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886

Coverage year : 1880
Period : 1852-1883
Place : King William Street
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

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

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

Peake, ASources for South Australian History Dulwich, S. Aust : Tudor Australia Press, 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

Internet links :

Art Gallery of South Australia About Photographers

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition Samuel White Sweet

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue



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