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Hindley Street, Adelaide
Title : Hindley Street, Adelaide Hindley Street, Adelaide
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer.
Source : B 58005/46
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

View down Hindley Street looking west from King William Street. The three-storey building at right is the premises of W. Bermingham, boot factory and Howell & Co., stationers.

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. He went on to become South Australia's foremost documentary photographer in the 1870s.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886

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

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

Jensen, Elfrida Colonial architecture in South Australia: a definitive chronicle of development 1836-1890 and the social history of the times Adelaide: Rigby, 1980

Pike, Philip W Captain Sweet's Adelaide Adelaide: Longwood Media, 1983

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

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography online edition: see Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)



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