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Leading Australian photo-media artist Anne Zahalka is creating a new chapter of street photography with images collected from residents of Wollongong taken in this distinctive style, following the hugely successful ‘Street Photography’ exhibition held at the Museum of Sydney.

Anne is searching for original photographs taken by commercial street photographers from the 1930s-60s. These photographers worked the streets and beaches of cities and towns, photographing people as they posed or passed by. The pedestrian was handed a ticket and could purchase their portrait. It was a time before many had cameras and it was an affordable way to buy a personal or family photograph. Some of these photographs may have been taken overseas before the subjects migrated to Australia, as the commercial street photographer was ubiquitous worldwide.

Look through your personal family albums, biscuit tins and shoeboxes to find these historic street photos. Please scan the photograph in colour (even though the original photo is black and white) and include the printed border, accompanied by the name/s, place and dates (if known) along with stories about the person/s portrayed.

Please email to:

Do you know the JAFFRAY family?

Father and Mother married in Wollongong in 1861, William Jaffray and Elizabeth McDonald Forrest.

If you download and look at the second image (left click on the image and Save Image As...) you will see the photograph was taken by a photographer in Brisbane and the photograph is labelled ?, Enid, Mother, Daphne, Donald, Nellie.

In the same image if you look carefully on the black horizontal band you will see some text.

If you can shed any light on this family please contact the secretary by e-mail at (cut and paste the secretary address into your email app.) with your information. Thank you.