Commercial Photographers

The holdings from several professional studios are a highlight of the HPC, allowing the work of several major Sydney studio photographers to be studied.


'Circular Quay', Sydney, NSW. Photographer: John Paine. HP82.39.632

William Hetzer Collection

1854-1860s; 42 photographic prints; Stereoscopic views of Sydney and NSW; HP80.51

John Paine Collection

c1875-1908; Approx. 500 photographic prints; Views of Sydney, NSW, and the Pacific; HP82.39 to HP82.41

Kerry Collection

c.1890-c.1917; Over 3,000 glass negatives mainly from the Kerry and Co studio; The majority are views of Sydney and country NSW towns taken for postcards – also portraits of soldiers, and personal photographs attributed to Charles Kerry.

The Kerry Collection is available to search on the Sydney University Museums collections database.

J.G. Park Collection

1910s-1920s; Approximately 1500 glass negatives; Leichhardt and Sydney views and scenes, many studio portraits; HP80.49

Hall and Co. Collection

c.1930s; Over 600 glass negatives; Aerial views of Sydney, images of horse-racing, sheep and other animals; HP83.66