Historical images from the James Cossar Smith Collection UQFL11

We recently digitised a fabulous album of historical photographs and photo postcards dated from the 1880s to the early 1900s. The album was donated to the Fryer Library in 1958 by James Cossar Smith

The photographs were taken by various photographers, mostly unknown. Many of the photos depict early life in Queensland including locations such as Toowoomba, Bowen, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Mount Morgan, Cairns and Ipswich. Other photographs depict scenes from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Some of the most interesting photographs are those of architecture, the wharves, street scenes, machinery, and landscapes.

While James Cossar Smith may not have taken these photographs, as he was born in 1887, his father James Smith may have contributed to the album. James Smith was an amateur photographer, who worked for the Telegraph as a compositor and overseer of the mechanical department of printing. 

James Cossar Smith was also a keen photographer and was interested in nature. He was a member of Queensland Naturalists’ Club and served in various positions in the club including Honorary Secretary, Vice President and Excursion Secretary. His love of the outdoors led him to purchase a pineapple farm near Woombye. He worked as a process engraver for various printers.

So if you are interested in photography of landscapes, architecture, urban scenes and machinery like this family was, why not explore some of the historical gems from James Cossar Smith collection on UQ eSpace.

Last updated:
24 January 2017