Marcel Safier

Photographic Historian
Photograph, Glass Plate Camera and Postcard Collector

Brisbane, Australia

Photographers of Brisbane, Australia 1850-1950

Was your ancestor or relation a Brisbane photographer? If so, please get in contact as I would be happy to exchange information. I have been researching the lives of Australian photographers and collecting examples of their work for over 20 years.

I am currently also seeking any Brisbane studio photographs for my reference collection in preparation for an exhibiton in 2017 at the Museum of Brisbane.

19th and early 20th century Australian,
New Zealand and Pacific photographs
(especially cartes de visite plus tintypes, daguerreotypes, stereoviews, magic lantern glass slides, glass negatives, old family and other photo albums
and old postcards.

WANTED: Dallmeyer, Ross, Beck, Wray, Optimus and other brands of brass camera lenses, wood bellows cameras by British manufacturers such as Meagher, George Hare, W. W. Rouch, Houghtons, Ensign, Butcher, Sanderson, Thornton Pickard, Dolland, Sands and Hunter, Perken, Son and Rayment, Chapman and magic lantern projectors

ALSO: old (pre 1930) British photographic catalogues, photographic journals, books and British Journal of Photography almanacs

WANTED: Postcards of Australians serving in WW1 with accompanying letters and documents etc. keenly sought

WANTED: Gold Coast (Queensland) photographs and postcards sought from the 19th century up to the 1970s.

I welcome offers of old and interesting photographic items for sale including single items, collections, accumulations and deceased estates. 

Donations of unwanted photographs, postcards, albums and camera gear gratefully accepted. Postage paid.


Biography and research interests
a bit about me and my photographic research

The Gem and Carte de Visite Tintype
history of an under-researched and often derided photographic form

Brisbane Cameraholics Web Site
Brisbane based group of camera and photographica collectors who meet monthly

Queensland Card Collector's Society Home Page
I collect old postcards and am a long time member of the Queensland Card Collectors Society which is a club for collectors of postcards, cigarette cards and trade cards. 

Photographers of Great Britain & Ireland 1840-1940
The most definitive listing of photographers assembled anywhere based on the massive photograph collection of Ron Cosens, augmented by directory research by Sandy Barrie with census and biographical input from myself.

Family History
Research on my Perry, Andrews, Thomas, John, McMorran, Watson, Falconer and Safier families

Last updated 24 May 2016.  You can e-mail me at:; Marcel Safier, Holland Park, Queensland, Australia