These photographs (approximately 920) were taken by Captain Samuel Sweet, sea captain and photographer of colonial South Australia. Sweet began working as a photographer in Adelaide in 1867. In 1875 he retired from the sea and established his own photographic studio in Adelaide. He took photographs around South Australia, developing them in a horse-drawn darkroom.
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The photographs (approximately 660) were taken by Ernest Gall, a South Australian born photographer active from the 1880s to the 1920s. In 1899 he was described as a ‘distinctly modern professional photographer’. Gall is noted for his photographs of civic events, portraits and photographs showing Adelaide’s development into a growing modern city.