Andrew Cunningham’s 1870 Captain Thunderbolt Photographs

On 25 May 1870 the bush­ranger Frederick Ward (also known as Thunder­bolt or Captain Thunder­bolt) was shot and killed by a police trooper named Alexander Walker at Kentucky Creek, near Uralla, in northern New South Wales. In the following days an Armidale photo­grapher named Andrew Cun­ningham captured at least ten photo­graphs pertaining to Ward’s death. These included three relatively well known images of Ward’s corpse and two portraits of Alexander Walker (see Figure 2 below).

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The All England Eleven’s 1861-62 Australian Tour and Early Cricket Photography at the Sydney Domain

Introduction

The All England cricket team’s tour of 1861–62 generated unprecedented interest and excitement in the Australian colonies. Cricket’s popularity had increased from the mid 1850s, when regular inter-colonial matches began, and when Victoria and (to a lesser extent) New South Wales (nsw) were transformed by gold rushes. In 1861 two Melbourne restaurateurs, Felix Spiers and Christopher Pond, contracted a team of English professionals captained by H.H. Stephenson to tour Australia.

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William Kilburn’s 1848 Chartist Daguerreotypes

Introduction

Remarkably, a pioneering photographic record survives of the culmination of one of the most significant days in England’s nineteenth-century political history—William Kilburn’s fascinating Daguerreotypes (Figures 1 and 2) of the Chartist mass meeting held at Kennington Common (now Kennington Park), London on 10 April 1848. Among the earliest photographs of a crowd, these historic images of a demonstration widely feared of precipitating insurrection have received occasional attention from scholars since they were rediscovered in the Royal Collection in the late 1970s; however, surprisingly little detailed analysis has been published to date.

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