Maffra and District Historical Society

M&DHS operates the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum, part of the Local History Collection at the Maffra Library, and a Dairy Museum at the Robotic Dairy at Winnindoo.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Hammond Negatives

On and off, the Monday Afternoon Cataloguing Team (MACT) that works at the Library, has been working on the H.B. Hammond plate glass negatives. Harrie Beaumont (Hal) Hammond was a photographer in Maffra from 1907 until his death in 1948. And he was an exceptionally good one.

Over that career he would have taken thousands of photographs, and many were published in Melbourne papers. he kept meticulous scrapbooks of these, and we hold all bar one of them, covering a period of 1907 to 1933.

However almost all of his negatives went to the tip, apart from 61 that were saved, and are now much-treasured by the Historical Society. Theya re full-plate glass negatives, of exceptional quality and include views such as this:


We have prints of all except one of the negatives, so do not allow them to be accessed at all, and they are very safely stored away. We are now in the process of working our way through them, and hoping to identify people (although most are of scenes), such as this Scout or Leader:


The Clippings Books have been indexed, with the indexes included in our catalogue. So hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to link families with their photographs.

And maybe even find out where that haystack is.


Blogger JayBee said...

It was wonderful for me to access one of HB Hammond's photos of my great grandparents Ernest and Minnie Garretts " The Bee Farm" from TROVE

October 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hi Jann,
I am in the Maffra Library at the minute, and have had a look at out copy. It is a good copy print, not an original. I have seen it with various titles written on it, but there is none on this print. We definitely don't have the negative. I have always assumed you have a copy of that print in the family - have you?

October 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

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