Posted 3 years ago
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
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."