One man’s perspective of life in Brisbane – a modern city, inextricably linked to the British Empire, adapting to meet the needs of a changing world.
Visit turn of the century Brisbane through 50 years of photography in the exhibition The view from here. Sweeping city vistas, tranquil holiday settings and bustling events depict a modern city. Discover these stories through a collection of photos that offer an intimate view of Brisbane through the lens of amateur photographer Alfred Henry Elliott.
Elliott emigrated to Brisbane in 1876. When he started photographing Brisbane, the city was on the verge of rapid population growth while experiencing major advances in technology, significant global events and social change. Like most amateurs, Elliott directed his camera according to his interests. The images produced convey a carefully composed view of one man’s life in, around and of Brisbane for 50 years.
This historic collection of images was discovered in early 1980s in a cigar tin under a house in Red Hill. The rare find unearthed over 300 negatives, some of which are on extremely well preserved glass plates, that together provide an intimate view of urban Brisbane life.
The view from here: The photographic world of Alfred Elliott 1890- 1940 is unique perspective of life in Brisbane – a modern city, inextricably linked to the British Empire, adapting to meet the needs of a changing world.