Postcard by Tom Brown c.1905 published by Davidson Bros.
1842 - 1920


Website launched 1 January 2013

still under construction






I welcome donations of unwanted photographs, postcards, albums and glass plate negatives for my research collection that currently contains over 35 000 items.

I also welcome offers of items for sale including old photographs, postcards, albums, stereoviews, magic lantern slides, glass plate negatives, photographic books, catalogues and journals pre 1920, old cameras and lenses, in fact if it is old and photographic, I may be interested.

I am also seeking any old postcards of Brisbane and the Gold Coast up to the 1970s.



Was your ancestor a photographer?

I have researched photographers working in Australia for over 20 years and collected their work for over 30 years. I have extensive details on hundreds of Australian photographers and I have been in contact with numerous people descended from and related to photographers that worked in Australia (and many other countries).

If you have a photographer in your family that worked in Australia before 1920 please get in contact. I also welcome contact from people descended from photographers that worked in New Zealand, Great Britain and Ireland, South Africa and the Pacific as I am researching those areas as well and in contact with other researchers interested in those places.

I am happy to work to expand a biography of your photographer relation and host it here. You may add contact details that might foster contacts that could unearth further information.


Marcel Safier, Brisbane, Queensland, 1 Jan 2013 my home page

  Samuel Nixon (1847-1922)
active South Australia 1862-1871
(son of photographer William Millington Nixon)
carte de visite
(courtesy R. J. Noye)
    The Gem and Carte de Visite Tintype

    Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940
  This site  is maintained by: Marcel Safier, P.O. Box 239, Holland Park QLD 4121, Australia; 2013