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Posted 4 years ago


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I just love the colours on this card from Maude Lankester's collection. It is a card of a country lane outside the capital of South Australia, Adelaide. One of the better known photographers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century was an Irish immigrant Terrence McGann. Mc Gann specialized in landscapes and I find this a beautiful image. I love the tyre marks on the wet road leading down to that little bridge that crosses the stream. Are they tyre marks of a 1910 car or are they cart marks?
My third photo is added to show you an image of South Australia in 1910. A year later the map would change and South Australia would be divided in two to create the Northern Territory.

Title: Country Lane near Adelaide.
Photographer: Terrence McGann (1847/8 – 1913) 3 Leigh Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Year: c1910
Size: 14.1cm x 9cm (5½" x 3½")
Description: colour card by McGann with view "Country Lane near Adelaide" – unused. Signed McGann in bottom left hand corner. Printed in Germany. Numbered: 207410.

His obituary in the Adelaide Advertiser Friday 20 June 1913 reads:
The death occurred at the Adelaide Hospital on Tuesday of Mr. Terrence McGann at the age of 64 years. Mr. McGann was born in county Clare, Ireland, and arrived in South Australia 25 years ago. He was long considered, the most expert outdoor photographer in Adelaide, and many beautiful pictures came from his camera. It was he who took the photographs of the members of the Federal Convention and the journalists who were engaged thereat in Adelaide in April, 1897 and he did similar work in connection with many other historic gatherings. His work was always artistic, and he took a deep pride in it. Many of his best pictures appeared in "The Chronicle."


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Sean. Just getting lost in these cards.
  2. toracat toracat, 4 years ago
    They look like cart marks. When I was about 10 in Nebraska I saw on TV Wagon Train marks still there from way before 1860! This might sound silly, but that statue of mine, do you think it is a man or a woman? Beautiful lips on it! bye time for tucker!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Sean, nldionne, mustangT, miKKo and to you too toracat for those comments.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks blunderbuss2!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks czechman!
  6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    it is a beautiful photo of a country lane! i love adelaide and the surrounding countryside - even though the climate can be mysterious and extreme at times. i was in a dust-storm there in 1980.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks ho2culture. I remember a heat wave there in the sixties that had bitumen flowing and concrete bending. The City of Churches and heat waves. Those dust storms can be spectacular too! Thanks again for your kind comments!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Autumn began with March. We have a warm autumn happening. Today it was 80 F. March average here in Sydney is 74 F. It has never snowed in Sydney in my sixty three years. Though it did snow here in 1836.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Shorts in winter!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Alfredo!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin and to you too Tonino!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks walksoftly!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks, Phil!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks mark!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks marty!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks birdie!
  17. inky inky, 4 years ago
    Lovely scene!...One place we haven't been too!..need to rectify that!..:-)
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks inky! Adelaide can be hot. I remember a phenomenal heat wave when I visited friends there in the 50's.
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks NUTSABOTAS 'n BELLIN too!

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