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South Hill, Goulburn, around 1875 / American Photo Company, F. Stubbs & Co.
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South Hill, Goulburn, around 1875 / American Photo Company, F. Stubbs & Co.
1 carte-de-visite ; sepia ; 6.5 x 10.5 cm.
Verso carries the stamped trade label of the "American Photo Company / F. Stubbs & Co." and is identified in ink below stamp as: South Hill / Goulburn.
This photograph of the large two-story brick residence called South Hill, on the outskirts of Goulburn, was probably taken during the ownership of Colonel Charles Fyshe Roberts (1837-1914) and the man in the photograph is probably Roberts himself. Roberts served with the Royal Artillery in Sydney from 1865-1868 and was acting aide-de-camp to Governor Young. In 1866 he married Alice Caroline Bradley, youngest daughter of pastoralist William Bradley who had Goulburn connections. Roberts retired to England in 1869 with his wife but they returned to New South Wales in mid-1874 and settled at South Hill. A daughter, Beatrice, was born at South Hill in January 1876. In August 1876 Roberts was appointed colonel commanding all the artillery forces in the colony. [ref: Australian Dictionary of Biography]
South Hill was sold by public auction in November 1876. The property was described in the auction notice as a "first-class family residence" with "highly-improved ornamental grounds". [ref: Sydney Morning Herald 11.11.1876 p.14]
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; CSL&RC PIC: small picture file : American Photo Company
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