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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Above: William Ford, prisoner, booking photographs taken on 27 July 1886 when he was "disposed of by the Supreme Court". On the left, a semi profile photograph without hat, unframed; on the right, torso facing front, gaze deflected down and to left, wearing hat, framed as an oval carte-de-visite. Photographed at the Hobart Gaol by Constable John Nevin, produced by Thomas J. Nevin for the Municipal Police Office, Hobart Town Hall. Both photographs were taken and printed within the conventions of 1870s commercial studio portraiture, typical of Nevin's earlier mugshots of Tasmanian convicts. In 1886 Thomas J. Nevin was working with police in both capacities as photographer and assistant bailiff to Detective Inspector Dorsett, noted in The Mercury, 11 August 1886.
POLICE RECORD 1886
There may have been a different photograph of William Ford which was pasted to this criminal record sheet on incarceration at the Hobart Gaol, Campbell St, sentenced to five years for assault with intent in 1886. The photograph was removed at a date unknown by persons unknown from his criminal record for this offence, as can be seen. An interim criminal record sheet may have existed when William Ford was convicted again for assault with intent on 26 July 1893 within days of discharge, and sentenced to a further six years. On the other hand, the extant two photographs may have been removed in order to be posted on the updated criminal sheet notated with his criminal offences on release in 1897 when he was 29 years old.
William Ford's criminal record sheet dated 27 July 1886
TAHO Ref: GD6719 Page 102
POLICE RECORD 1892
William Ford was acquitted of burglary per police gazette, 23 February 1892
POLICE RECORD 1893
William Ford's criminal record sheet dated 27 November 1897. The last two entries show lengthy sentences of five and six years in 1886 and 1893.
TAHO Ref: GD12812 Page 292
The printing of carte-de-visite portraits of prisoners as identification photographs in an oval mount was still a common format as late as the 1890s in Tasmania.
Sourced from TAHO at Flickr
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Tasmanian convict + prison photos, a set by Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office on Flickr.
See the article on this site about the photograph of prisoner Hugh Cohen and another of Cohen by Nevin at the Mitchell Library SLNSW. The majority of mugshots in this collection were taken from the 1890s to the early 1900s. Some show the same prisoner photographed by Nevin in the 1870s but as a much older re-offender, eg. James Geary, originally photographed in 1874 and again in 1889. In addition to this selection of gaol mugshots on prisoner records , the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office holds over 90 copies and originals of Nevin's prisoner portraits, tagged at the National Library of Australia's Trove service.
Recent 1870s originals uploaded by TAHO (improvements on the black and white copies from the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery) are these, with APA citations:
Alfred Doran, probably Albert Dorman, convict transported per Blenheim. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
George Growsett, convict transported per Lady Montague. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
James Harrison, convict transported per Rodney. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
Henry Smith - but unidentified by TAHO
"Convict, transported per Rodney. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania"
James Smith,Convict transported per John Calvin. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
Robert West, convict transported per Gilmore. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
William Ryan, arrived free per City of Hobart, tried Launceston 1868. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
Richard Phillips, convict transported per Atlas. Photograph taken at Port Arthur by Thomas Nevin. LINC Tasmania
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