Saturday, April 21, 2012

T.J. Nevin's portraits of the McVilly children 1874

Courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand




The girl on the left is Laura Blanche McVilly (1870-1931).
The boy in the middle is Richard William -"Dick" McVilly (1861-1949 - New Zealand)
The toddler on the right is unidentified and although noted as a girl, she might well be a boy, eg. their brother Albert Francis McVilly, born 1873.

These three children were born in Tasmania to parents William Thomas McVilly (1841-1914) and Sarah Francis (1839-?). The three photographs appear in a photo album which belonged to the boy (centre), Richard William "Dick" McVilly, and is now held at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington. Richard "Dick" McVilly spent a few years working on the Tasmanian Railway before settling in New Zealand where he became General Manager Of Railways NZ in 1919 (Otago Daily Times of February 10, 1919).

Laura (on left) and Richard (centre) were photographed by Thomas J. Nevin at his studio, 140 Elizabeth St. Hobart, a week before Christmas, 18 December, 1874 (per date on verso). Both photographs are hand-tinted. The versos of these two photographs of Laura and Richard bear Nevin's Royal Arms studio stamp used primarily to indicate photographs taken for the Municipal Police Office within the Hobart City Corporation, and at the Hobart Gaol. Their father, William Thomas McVilly was a constable and later clerk for the Lands and Works Department, HCC and Clerk of Papers, etc., of the Legislative Council in 1883. The unidentified toddler on the right may be a boy rather than a girl, another brother of Laura and Richard called Albert Francis, born 1873. The verso of his/her photograph bears Nevin's most common commercial studio stamp, unlike the other two, and may have been taken earlier or later than 1874.

In 1884, their father William Thomas McVilly was registered on the Electoral Roll at the address, Colville St. Battery Point, Hobart. Thomas Nevin's younger brother, Constable John Nevin, was registered in the same district and list, salaried to H.M. Government (messenger, photographer), abode H.M. Prison.



Electoral Roll Hobart 1884

McVilly Records
Records held at the Archives Office of Tasmania
Colonial Tasmanian Family Links Detail
http://portal.archives.tas.gov.au/menu.aspx?detail=1&type=P&id=391934

MCVILLY, WILLIAM THOMAS
Gender: Male
Birth 1837 -
Marriage/Relationship: 1859 - HOBART,Tasmania ( FRANCIS, SARAH ) [@]
Death:
FAMILY INFORMATION
Children:
391920 MCVILLY RICHARD WILLIAM 1861
391933 MCVILLY WILLIAM HENRY 1863
391889 MCVILLY JOSEPH HENRY 1865
391932 MCVILLY WALTER FREDERICK 1868
391894 MCVILLY LAURA BLANCHE 1870
391843 MCVILLY ALBERT FRANCIS 1873
391886 MCVILLY HENRY REGINALD TASMN 1875
391929 MCVILLY TRAFINA MABEL 1879
391895 MCVILLY LOUISA FRANCES 1880
391927 MCVILLY THOMAS HAWKINS 1885

The Photographs by T. J. Nevin

Laura



Date: 18 Dec 1874 By: Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923
National Library of New Zealand Ref: PA2-1198
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - Laura Blanche McVilly, aged 4 years 18 December 1874.
Verso:



Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923. Nevin, T J (Hobart) fl 1867-1875
Portrait of Laura Blanche McVilly. McVilly, Richard William, 1862?-1949 :
Photograph albums and a group portrait.
Ref: PA2-1198. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22801544

Unidentified Toddler



Date: 1867-1875 By: Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923
National Library of New Zealand  Ref: PA2-1197
Verso:



Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923. Nevin, T J (Hobart) fl 1867-1875 :
Portrait of unidentified young girl. McVilly, Richard William, 1862?-1949 :
Photograph albums and a group portrait. Ref: PA2-1197.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22395505
(Aside: actually, this toddler may be a boy)

Richard known as "Dick"



Date: 1867-1875 By: Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923
National Library of New Zealand Ref: PA2-1196
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Verso - In ink : Jn Dick.
Verso:



Nevin, Thomas J, 1842-1923. Nevin, T J (Hobart) fl 1867-1875 :
Portrait of Jn Dick. McVilly, Richard William, 1862?-1949 :
Photograph albums and a group portrait. Ref: PA2-1196.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/22906805

Many thanks to the National Library of New Zealand for their assistance.
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