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The Petrie Bight reach of the Brisbane River

Date: 1890-1910
Overall: 44 x 61 mm
Image: 41 x 55 mm
Medium: 120 format film negative
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Arlene Hope
Object Name: Negative
Object No: 00048190

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    Black and white 120 format film negative with image of a harbour in Brisbane that has a large brick building in centre, many smaller buildings around it and two rigged ships (sails down) tied up alongside. The image is taken from an original glass plate negative.

    The photograph was taken by John Cameron (a real estate agent) from an original glass plate taken by P C Poulsen. It depicts the Petrie Bight reach of the Brisbane River. The large building is the Thomas Brown and Sons warehouse in Eagle Street which was built in c 1889.

    From a collection of photographic negatives of original glass plate images from the 1890s to 1930s. Many are signed P C Poulsen. Most are from images taken of the 1893 Brisbane floods.
    SignificanceThe images present an excellent documentation of the swollen Brisbane River, streetscapes of Brisbane in flood, and damage to the waterfront and shipping.
    HistoryPart of a collection of photographic negatives of original glass plate images from the 1890s-1930s. Many are signed P C Poulsen. Some later aerial shots may also be from the Poulsen studio. Many of the images show Brisbane City under water from the swollen Brisbane River. They include;

    the sunken TOONDA RAJAH near Pettigrew, sailing boats on Brisbane River, stone quarrying, Edward street Brisbane with floodwaters, 'S B Cemetery and Fairfield', Pettigrew's Mill, 'S B from North Quay' (South Bank?), Queen Street, 'From North Quay', 'Creek St'.

    Several ships are reportedly 'Kanak' ships including the RODERICK DHU.

    Poul C Poulson was a well known photographic studio in firstly, Adelaide, then Newcastle and the in Queensland between 1894 and 1898.

    1883 - 23 King William Street, Adelaide, American Studio, late Allen & Gore
    1884-1885 Hunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
    1885-1900 7 Queen Street, Brisbane
    1894-1898 Mary Street, Gympie, Queensland
    1889 Gladstone Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland
    1893 George Street, Brisbane
    1898 Kent Street, Maryborough, Queensland
    1898 Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Queensland

    Poul Poulsen founded Poulson studios. He was born in Denmark in 1857 and arrived in Sydney in 1876. In 1882, he moved to Queensland and was later joined by his sisters and brothers from Denmark. He opened his own studio at no 7 Queen Street in 1885 and later opened branches, run by his brothers in other Queensland towns. Poulsen vigorously advertised constant improvements and modernisation in his studio and in the service he provided. His sons and grandson followed in his footsteps.

    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Poul C Poulsen Collection

    Web title: The Petrie Bight reach of the Brisbane River

    Assigned title: Black and white negative with image of harbour with two rigged ships

    Related People
    Photographer: John Cameron
    Photographer: Poul C Poulsen

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