professional photographer, published a series of stereoscopic photographs of views in Victoria, primarily of the Melbourne and Geelong districts, at Melbourne in the late 1860s. A collection of stereoscopic photographs attributed to Washbourne in the Historic Photograph Collection (University of Sydney) includes Blowholes – Cape Bridgewater , Wannon Falls , Junction of the Moorabool and Barwon and two street scenes in Hamilton, Victoria. Albumen paper prints of the property Nerrin-Nerrin, near Streatham (Vic.) are believed to have been commissioned in the late 1860s or 1870s by the McPherson family, who owned the property between 1862 and 1885. A stereo view of Yarra Street pier with a sea captain and a goat in the foreground dates from 1870.
As well as taking views of large pastoral holdings and landscapes, Washbourne photographed the homes of more modest settlers in about 1870, such as Australian Farmyard at Porepunkah near Where the Buckland River Falls into the Ovens and Prospectors’ Hut, Upper Dargo, Gippsland (La Trobe Library [LT]). Other photographs of Wannon Falls and its environs (LT) date from about 1879. He also took studio portraits of Aborigines; one of an Aboriginal mother and child dressed in skins is dated 1870 (LT). Washbourne was listed as operating a photographic studio at Geelong West in 1875 and 1880, at North Geelong in 1888.
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