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[Swanston Street Looking North]. Instantaneous Views of Melbourne.
11 Royal Arcade, Melbourne.: Caire.. No date. (circa1875).. Albumen print laid down onto card with gold lined borders. Captioned in gold ink: Fine Art Photograph. N.J. Caire/11 Royal Arcade/Melbourne/Instantaneous Views of Melbourne. Three very tiny chips at edges, lightly creased in a few places. These creases are more apparent in the image of the photograph than to the naked eye. Photograph measures 15 x 20cm. A very interesting view of Swanston Street. The Princes Bridge Hotel which soon after this photo was taken, changed its name to Young & Jackson after Henry Young and Thomas Jackson took over the licence in 1875, can be seen in far left of the image, Melbourne Town Hall is to the right while the eye is drawn down Swanston Street by the horses, carts and a few pedestrians that take up the central section of the photograph. N.J. Caire described by Jack Cato in "The Story of the Camera in Australia" as "an aristocrat of the camera" was from his youth affected with "the madness of photography". His established his first studio in Adelaide in 1860 moving to the then gold field town of Clunes in 1870 before opening a studio in Melbourne in 1876. Given that this photograph still shows the sign of the Princes Bridge Hotel, on what became Young & Jackson, it seems likely this photograph predates the opening of his studio in Melbourne. .
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