Guide to the Papers of Harold Cazneaux

MS 8361

National Library of Australia


Date completed: December 2007
Last updated: December 2008


This finding aid was created by the Manuscripts Branch of the National Library of Australia with the assistance of the Nora Heysen Bequest.


Collection Summary

Creator: Cazneaux, Harold, 1878-1953
Title: Papers of Harold Cazneaux
Date Range: 1903-1984 (bulk 1903-1954)
Collection Number: MS 8361
Extent: 30 cm (2 boxes)
Repository: National Library of Australia
Abstract: Correspondence, telegrams, cards, notes, journal articles and reviews relating to the life and work of renowned Australian photographer, Harold Cazneaux.

Introduction

Scope and Content

The papers relate to the life and work of renowned Australian photographer, Harold Cazneaux. They include letters, telegrams, cards, newscuttings, notes and drafts of reviews and journal articles.

Arrangement

The papers, at the time of their receipt in 1991, had been sorted and arranged by the Cazneaux family into nine ring bound folders. Correspondence in Folders 2 and 5 had also been indexed by correspondent, date and subject of letter. This original arrangement was retained by the Library and the original finding aid compiled in 1992 contained a description of the contents of each folder, with the correspondence indexes included as appendices.

In December 20007 the finding aid to the Cazneaux Papers was revised. The nine folders and an additional donation of letters (2003) were re-organised into three series, with enhancements made to the original folder descriptions. The correspondence indexes were amalgamated into the relevant folder descriptions.

Access

Available for research. Not for loan.

Provenance

The papers were presented to the Library in 1991 by Mrs Joan Smith, Cazneaux's youngest daughter.

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Digitised Material

A number of photographic works by Cazneaux have been digitised and are available online through the Library's catalogue.

Related Material

A number of other manuscript collections contain material relating to Cazneaux. MS 5416 contains letters from Cazneaux to Jack Cato relating to his research for his book The story of the camera in Australia (1955). MS 5955 contains an annotated script of the discussion between Cazneaux and Monte Luke as part of his special tribute night in 1952 and notes on Cazneaux written by his daughter, Beryl Cazneaux and granddaughter, Sally Garrett.

Photographic works by Cazneaux are held in the Pictures Collection, and can be located through the Library's catalogue.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Harold Cazneaux, National Library of Australia, MS 8361, [series and folder or item number]'.

Biographical Note

Harold Pierce Cazneaux was born on 30 March 1878 in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Pierce Mott and Emma Florence Cazneau. His father, an English-born photographer and his mother, a colorist and miniature painter from Sydney had moved to Wellington in 1876, where they established a photographic studio.

The family returned to Sydney in 1887 and two years later moved to Adelaide where Pierce Cazneau was employed at William H. Hammer and Company, a well established portrait studio. At the age of 18, Harold Cazneaux joined his father at the studio as an artist-retoucher. He also attended evening classes at the Adelaide School of Design under the instruction of Henry Pelham Gill. Also studying under Gill at this time was Hans Heysen, who became a friend in later years.

An international photographic exhibition was held in Adelaide in 1898. Amongst the exhibitors was Australian photographer, John Kauffman, a pioneer of the 'Pictorial Movement' whose work had a great influence upon Cazneaux.

In 1904 Cazneaux moved to Sydney and began working at Freeman and Company studios. It was also at this time that he added an 'x' to his name to acknowledge his French ancestry and to establish his own identity. Later that year he had saved enough money to buy his first camera, a Midge box quarter-plate, and he began experimenting and taking pictures around Sydney's streets and waterways.

While working at Hammer's studio in Adelaide, Cazneaux met Mable Winifred Hodge. They married in 1905 and had five daughters and a son. His daughters were to become the subject of many of his photographs and all of them assisted him at some stage in his studio at the family home in Roseville known as 'Ambleside'. Their son Harold, who accompanied his father on a number of trips to the Flinders Ranges, was killed on war service at Tobruk in 1941.

Cazneaux joined the Photographic Society of New South Wales in 1907 and began showing his photographs at member exhibitions. Following the success of his work he was asked to hold a one-man exhibition (a first in Australia) in 1909. In the following years he also exhibited successfully overseas and developed a growing reputation as a photographer and as a critic. In 1914 he won the 'Kodak Happy Moment' competition and used the prize money (100 pounds) as a deposit for the house in Roseville. In 1916, along with a group of friends, he established the Sydney Camera Circle.

By 1918 Cazneaux was suffering from ill health and left Freeman and Company to set up his own studio. In late 1919 he was approached by Sydney Ure Smith to become the official photographer for his publications The Home and Art in Australia and began working for them in early 1920. The assignments for these two magazines were varied and included photographing the homes and gardens of Sydney socialites and taking portraits of artists, musicians and actors.

Ure Smith also published several pictorial books containing Cazneaux's work in the late 1920s and early 1930s. These included Canberra, Australia's federal capital (1928), Sydney surfing (1929), The bridge book (1930), The Australian native bear book (1930), The Sydney book (1931) and The Frensham book (1934). In 1935 he was commissioned by Broken Hill Proprietary to photograph their steelworks at Newscastle, NSW and their iron works in South Australia. He also wrote many articles for various magazines and newspapers including the Australasian Photo-Review, the Lone Hand and the Sydney Mail.

In his fifties Cazneaux turned to a new interest in the photographing of the landscape and his travels included visits to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. His subjects included gum trees with 'The spirit of endurance' being one of his most well known works.

In 1937 Cazneaux was made an Honary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. In 1952 a tribute evening to Cazneaux was organised by members of the Sydney Camera Circle and other photographic societies. Lantern slides of his best works along with a recorded commentary between Cazneaux and photographer Monte Luke were shown to an audience of around 2000 people at the Assembly Hall, Sydney. In December of the same year, a special 'Cazneaux story' edition of the Australasian Photo-Review was published. It included many of his photographs and a biographical article by Jack Cato, the Melbourne photographer and historian of Australian photography.

Cazneaux died at his Roseville home on 19 June 1953.

Reference(s):
Harold Cazneaux, Australian Dictionary Online, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070607b.htm.
Australian observer: the photographs of Harold Cazneaux, 1878-1953, http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/caz/ (Accessed December 2007)
Cazneaux, Harold, Harold Cazneaux: the quiet observer / introduced by Helen Ennis ; with a personal commentary by Phillip Adams, Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1994.
Cazneaux, Harold, Harold Cazneaux photographs, Glebe, N.S.W : Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 1994.
Cazneaux, Harold, Cazneaux: photographs by Harold Cazneaux, 1878-1953 / selected and with an appreciation by Max Dupain, Canberra : National Library of Australia.
Hill, Valerie, The Cazneaux women, Sydney, N.S.W : Craftsman House, c.2000.



Series List and Descriptions

Series 1 Correspondence, 1903-1953

General correspondence mainly of a business nature. Includes letters relating to photographic orders from private individuals and business organisations; payment for reproduction fees; requests for photographs for publication in magazines such as the Australasian Photo-Review, Photograms of the Year, The Home and Art in Australia and letters relating to exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Many of the letters are highly complimentary of Cazneaux's work.

The correspondents include Julian Ashton, Keast Burke, Walter Burke, Leon Gellert, Hans Heysen, Raynor Hoff, Nellie Melba, Norman Lindsay, Margaret Preston, Dr Julian Smith, Sydney Ure Smith, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, London Salon of Photography and the Victorian Salon of Photography.

The series also includes manuscript notes by Cazneaux on the pictorial photographs that he included in his solo exhibition in 1909 (See Folder 4).

Folder 1 Letters written to Cazneaux, 1903-1932

The numbering of folios (pages) in this ring bound folder has not been consistent. For example, some folios have been numbered on both sides while in other cases only one side of the folio has been assigned a number. The numbers in this listing reflect the original numbering system assigned to pages when the index was compiled.

Previously listed as Folder 2, Box 1.

Item A Letter from Alfred George, Freeman and Company, to Miss Caler, 7 December 1903

Request for information about Harold Cazneaux.

Item B Letter from Hammer and Company, 24 February 1904

Farewell message from the company on Cazneaux's departure for Sydney to take up new employment.

Photocopy of an original letter.

Item C Letter from Hammer and Company, 26 February 1904

Presentation of a gift from the company on Cazneaux's departure, with signatures.

Photocopy of an original letter.

Item 1 Letter from Walter Burke, Australasian Photo-Review, 18 April 1906

Letter informing Cazneaux that two of his prints were awarded first and second prize in the magazine's March edition and another one was highly commended.

Item 2 Letter from W. H. Hammer, 21 August 1909

Letter introducing Mr G. A. Brewster.

Items 3-4 Letter from W. H. Hammer, 7 March 1910

Offer of a position in their Adelaide studio.

Item 5 Letter from J. T. Stephens, 18 February 1909

Letter expressing appreciation of Cazneaux's work in a current exhibition.

Item 6 Letter from H. Snowden Ward, 29 February 1910

Request for work for publication in Photograms of the Year.

Item 7 Letter from H. Snowden Ward, 26 July 1911

Reminder for work for the 1912 edition of Photograms of the Year.

Item 8 Letter from H. Snowden Ward, 3 August 1911

Acknowledgement that work has arrived and is of a high standard.

Items 9-11 Letter from F. J. Mortimer, The Amateur Photographer and Photographic News, 28 March 1917

Concern over sea mail and whether the Australian edition of Photograms of the Year may have been lost at sea. Also discusses Cazneaux's entries in the publication and for exhibition.

Item 12 Letter from Sydney Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 2 October 1919

Request for Cazneaux to call and see him.

Item 13 Receipts for rent of Denman Chambers, Sydney, 1919-1920
Item 14 Letter from Ernest Watt, 1 October 1920

Comments that the Bilgola proofs are excellent and some will be used in The Home magazine.

Item 15 Letter from W. J. Stewart Mackay, 20 September 1920

Letter relating to his property 'Greystanes'.

Item 16 Letter from J. W. McGregor, 31 August 1920

Letter acknowledging receipt of proofs and placement of an order.

Item 17 Letter from Elizabeth J. Read, 26 July 1920

Letter expressing delight with photographs of her daughter.

Item 18 Letter from Angus and Robertson, 20 August 1920

Request for photographs of Norman Lindsay's home at Springwood to appear in The Home.

Item 19 Letter from Angus and Robertson, 27 August 1920

Further correspondence relating to a request for photographs of Norman Lindsay's home at Springwood to appear in The Home.

Item 20 Letter from Bishop Bros, 23 August 1920

Acknowledgement of photographs and very pleased with them.

Item 21 Letter from Bishop Bros, 24 September 1920

Payment for enlargement of photographs.

Item 22 Letter from Roslyn Athol Jamieson, 3 December 1921

Letter thanking Cazneaux for the Bilgola photographs.

Item 23 Letter from the Secretary, Photographic Society of New South Wales, 1 September 1921

Congratulatory letter on being made a member of the London Salon of Photography.

Item 24 Letter from Emily Simpson, 6 December 1921

Thank you letter for copies of photographs from daguerreotypes.

Item 25 Letter from C. W. Bostock, 21 October 1922

Letter of introduction for Cazneaux.

Item 25a Letter from J. Kauffmann, 1 December 1922

Mentions need for a holiday and meeting Mr Paton.

Item 26 Letter from the Australian Salon of Photography, 12 March 1923

Clarification of issues relating to overseas prints and the first Salon.

Items 26a-b Letter from J Kauffmann, 15 February 1923

Complaint about discourteous treatment by F. Mortimer of London.

Item 27 Letter from J. C. Stick, Director of Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles, 14 February 1923

Offer to Australian photographers to take part in the Los Angeles Salon and also the possibility of setting up a reciprocal arrangement.

Item 28 Letter from The Tatler, London, 12 September 1923

Request to reproduce Cazneaux's print 'Out from the depths'.

Items 29a-c Letter from J. W. Lindt, 24 May 1924

Praise for Cazneaux's work in Australasian Photo-Review. Also includes a reprint from the Argus commenting on Lindt's work.

The three items originally in the folder at No 29 have been re-numbered 29a-c.

Item 30 Letter from Norman Carter, n.d.

This letter is listed in the index but was not received by the NLA at the time the papers were donated. A note referring to the missing letter has been placed with Item 29a by the donor.

Item 31 Letter from W. G. Preston, 1 August 1924

Payment for photographs. Expresses that Mrs (Margaret) Preston 'is delighted with them also the flower studies'.

Item 32 Letter from Harringtons Limited, 12 September 1925

Congratulations for work being included at the London Salon.

Item 33 Letter from the Australasian Photo-Review, 24 June 1926

List of 23 photographs for reproduction in the magazine.

Item 34 Letter from Nellie Melba, n.d.

Order for photographs.

Items 35-36 Letter from Bertram MacKennal, 19 January 1927

Letter relating to the photographing of sketches at his studio.

Item 37 Letter from F. E. Manning, Manager, Kodak Australasia, 27 April 1928

Condolences on the passing of Cazneaux's father.

Item 38 Letter from Justice Rawlings, 8 July 1929

Payment for photographs and appreciation of his work.

Item 39 Letter from the International Photography Exhibition, Gothenburg, 18 July 1929

Letter asking Cazneaux of his intention to exhibit.

Item 40 Letter from the Australian Salon of Photography, 18 July 1929

Sending a copy of the catalogue.

Item 41 Letter from F. E. Manning, Manager, Kodak Australasia, 18 December 1929

Request to inspect winning pictures and write a criticism of them.

Item 42 Letter from La Revue Moderne, 2 December 1929

Request for personal information for article (letter written in French).

Item 43 Letter from La Revue Moderne, 21 January 1930

Request for personal information for article. Letter (which is written in French) is accompanied by an English translation by a friend of Cazneaux's, Henri Mallard.

Item 44 Letter from the International Photography Exhibition, Gothenburg, 20 December 1929

Sending a photograph of Cazneaux's collection at the exhibition.

Item 45 Letter from F. E. Manning, Manager, Kodak Australasia, 12 February 1930

Payment for adjudication of exhibition of photographic work at David Jones store, Sydney.

Items 46-47 Letter from Charles Lattes, Editor, Le Miroir du Monde. 6 February 1930

Offer to Cazneaux to become a special photographic correspondent for the newspaper. Also includes an information sheet for correspondents.

Item 48 Letter from Elaine (later Lady) de Chair, 24 March 1930

Thank you for photographs.

Item 49 Letter from the Salon Italiano d'Arte Fotographica Internazionale, Torino, 6 September 1930

Invitation to participate in the exhibition.

Item 50 Letter from Jose Ortiz Echague, Madrid, 15 March 1930

Letter in French. No translation available.

Item 51 Letter from Camera Craft Publishing Company, San Francisco, 26 September 1930

Letter addressed to Monte Luke requesting a journal article. Also refers to Cazneaux and whether he might also write an article?

Item 52 Letter from C. Stuart Tompkins, 16 July 1930

Comments on the success of the salon.

Item 53 Letter from C. Stuart Tompkins, 28 July 1930

Request to change a photograph.

Item 54 Letter from G. Rayner Hoff, 20 October 1930

Letter giving details of sculptures he would like Cazneaux to photograph.

Item 55 Letter from G. Rayner Hoff, 14 November 1930

Letter relating to an appointment to discuss work.

Item 56 Letter from E. J. Waterhouse, 21 November 1930

Letter containing an order for cards and a request to borrow a negative.

Item 57 Letter from Keast Burke, 21 November 1930

Informing Cazneaux that they are still interested in good advertising photographs for Kodak.

Item 58 Letter from Ernest Watt, 17 November 1930

Request for photographs of the Rookwood Crematorium.

Item 59 Letter from Ernest Watt, 22 November 1930

Letter confirming appointment.

Item 60 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 29 December 1930

Letter from the editor of Bank Notes thanking Cazneaux for his contribution.

Item 61 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 2 January 1931

Letter from the editor of Bank Notes thanking Cazneaux for his comments on the Christmas issue.

Item 62 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 13 January 1931

Payment for five studies for Bank Notes.

Items 63-64 Letter from the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company Limited, 7 January 1931

Request for copies of photographs of the Sydney Harbour Bridge taken by Cazneaux and published in The Bridge Book.

Item 65 Letter from the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company Limited, 5 August 1931

Acknowledgement of receipt of photographs.

Item 66 Letter from A. Faithfull, 16 January 1931

Request to visit Goulburn district.

Items 67-68 Letter from A. Faithfull, 22 January 1931

Further details relating to visit to Goulburn.

Item 69 Letter from Leslie E. Sudgen, 15 January 1931

Agreement to sit for a photographic for competition announced in The Home magazine.

Item 70 Letter from Olivia Miles, 21 January 1931

Letter advising Cazneaux of inability to pay account due to bankruptcy.

Item 71 Letter from the London Salon of Photography, n.d.

Payment for reproduction of 'Pergola pattern' and 'Sydney Harbour Bridge'.

Item 72 Letter from Rose Lindsay, n.d.

Discussion of date for appointment with Norman Lindsay.

Item 73 Letter from Norman Lindsay, n.d.

Further discussion of date for appointment.

Item 74 Letter from Table Talk, Melbourne, 12 February 1931

Request for surfing photographs.

Item 75 Letter from the Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail, 25 February 1931

Request for photographs for the Sydney Mail Annual.

Item 76 Letter from the Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail, 3 March 1931

Further correspondence relating to request for photographs for the Sydney Mail Annual.

Item 77 Letter from K. Morton, 10 May 1931

Acknowledgement and payment for booklet.

Item 78 Letter from Patricia Minchin, 12 February 1931

Payment for photographs.

Items 79-80a Letter from Nellie Stewart, 14 May 1931

Letter thanking Cazneaux for photographs. Also includes a typescript note by Cazneaux containing a description of Nellie Stewart for the Australian Beautiful Magazine.

Item 81 Letter from the New Zealand Herald, 18 May 1931

Expression of interest in artistic views of Sydney.

Item 82 Letter from Tucker and Company, 19 May 1931

Payment for photographs and appreciation of his work.

Items 83-84 Letter from F. B. Langley, 27 May 1931

Request for a copy of a photograph of his father, Bishop Langley, taken by Cazneaux.

Item 85 Letter from Burns Philp and Company, 2 June 1931

Payment for photograph of Miss Anderson appearing in the June issue of The B. P. Magazine.

Item 86 Letter from Wireless Weekly, 2 June 1931

Acknowledgement of quotation.

Item 87 Letter from Wiener Photo-Kurier, 23 June 1931

Request for photographs depicting Australian life.

Item 88 Letter from Australian Home Beautiful, 4 July 1931

Discussion of photographs of Mr Keys and Nellie Stewart for the magazine.

Item 89 Letter from J. J. Rouse, 7 July 1931

Thank you letter for judging the Sydney section of the International Photographic Competition.

Item 90 Letter from Julian Ashton, 26 July 1931

Letter of appreciation for photographs.

Item 91 Letter from Julian Ashton, 11 September 1931

Further discussion of a photographic order.

Item 92 Letter from Julian Ashton, 16 September 1931

Acknowledgement and payment for photographs.

Item 93 Letter from Walter Burke, 16 July 1931

Thank you letter for a reference.

Item 94 Letter from Charles Rosenthal, 13 August 1931

Letter relating to payment of account for Keith Anderson memorial.

Item 95 Letter from Dr Rudolf Kuraz, Czechoslovakian Consul, Sydney, 13 August 1931

Payment of account for five views of the offices of the Consulate General.

Item 96 Letter from Bushells Limited, 22 August 1931

Correspondence relating to a request for two photographs.

Item 97 Letter from Bushells Limited, 4 September 1931

Payment and permission to use photographs.

Item 98 Letter from Bushells Limited, 15 September 1931

Payment for photographs and appreciation of his work.

Item 99 Letter from Stead's Review, 1 September 1931

Request for photographs to appear in their annual review.

Item 100 Letter from Sarah Chinnery, n.d.

Thank you letter for photographs and expresses delight with them.

Item 101 Letter from E. Ralston, 5 September 1931

Request for quote for two photographs to hang in school assembly hall.

Item 102 Letter from C. Stewart Tompkins, Victorian Salon of Photography, 8 September 1931

Sending Cazneaux a catalogue of the Victorian Salon of Photography and a report from the Argus.

Item 103 Letter from the Auckland Weekly News, 21 September 1931

Payment for photographs for publication.

Item 104 Letter from J. L. White, 12 October 1931

Correspondence relating to a visit to 'Bell-trees' near Scone.

Item 105 Letter from M. Mackay, 22 September 1931

Request for quote for photographs of house and gardens.

Item 106 Letter from M. Mackay, 8 October 1931

Arrangements for visit to Scone.

Item 107 Letter from Catts-Patterson Company Limited, 16 October 1931

Return of photographs and request for invoice.

Item 108 Letter from Douglas Bell, 19 October 1931

Order for postcards of Romney sheep.

Items 109-110 Letter from Dr Julian Smith, 30 October 1931

Relating to the visit of the 'Italian whirlwind', Antonio Grossardi.

Items 111-112 Letter from Dr Julian Smith, 26 September 1932

Letter thanking Cazneaux for his criticism of Smith's work.

Item 113 Letter from Lorna Le Gay Brereton, 12 October 1931

Thank you letter for photographs.

Item 114 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 17 November 1931

Letter from the editor of Bank Notes ordering photographs for the magazine.

Item 115 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 20 November 1931

Letter from the editor of Bank Notes relating to photographs appearing in the magazine.

Item 116 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 11 December 1931

Request for invoice for photographs appearing in the magazine, Bank Notes.

Item 117 Letter from the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, 21 December 1931

Payment for photographs.

Item 118 Letter from Harringtons Limited, 26 November 1931

Acknowledgement of order.

Item 119 Letter from H. M. Hoskins, 2 December 1931

Request for visit to Dapto district.

Item 120 Letter from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 8 December 1931

Invitation for a one-man exhibition.

Items 121-122 Letter from Josef Gottschammel, Austria, 10 February 1932

Request for information about amateur photography in Australia.

Item 123 Letter from the Argus and The Australasian, Melbourne, 23 April 1932

Request for photographs to appear in a special issue on Australian life and scenery.

Item 124 Letter from The Argus and The Australasian, Melbourne, 5 May 1933

Discussion of photographs for possible inclusion in The Australasian Pictorial Annual.

Item 125 Letter from M. White, 10 May 1932

Thank you letter for photographs and is pleased with them.

Item 126 Letter from R. Vyner, 5 July 1932

Payment for daughter Margaret's photographs.

Item 127 Letter from Adolphe Herz, Lucerne, 1 January 1932

Request for photographs to appear in Photographic Monthly Camera.

Item 128 Letter from Margaret Preston, n.d.

Dated 21 November. Request for information. Has been asked to do the café on the ship Orcades.

Items 129-130 Letter from Captain de Groot, 6 July 1932

Letter relating to a request for use of material by Mrs Cooper.

Item 131 Letter from L. Scott Richards, 6 December 1932

Acknowledgement and payment for photographs. Refers to them as 'works of art'.

Item 132 Letter from Mrs Knox, n.d.

Pleased with book of photographs.

Items 133-134 Letter from Kath Newman, 8 October 1932

Thank you letter for photographs and is pleased with them.

Folder 2 Letters written to Cazneaux, 1930-1953

The numbering of folios (pages) in this ring bound folder has not been consistent. For example, some folios have been numbered on both sides while in other cases only one side of the folio has been assigned a number. The numbers in this listing reflect the original numbering system assigned to pages when the index was compiled.

Some additions have been made to this folder (between 33 and 43) and have not been noted in the original index. There is also a smal discrepancy in numbering between 29 and 35. Letter 35 in the index actually appears in the folder as 29.

Previously listed as Folder 5, Box 1.

Items 1-2 Letter from Nora Cooper, 24 September 1930

Relating to a proposal by Miss de Loitte to photograph rural properties for inclusion in The Home Beautiful.

Items 3-4 Letter from Nora Cooper, 5 November 1930

Relating to a trip to Muswellbrook.

Items 5-6 Letter from Nora Cooper, 21 November 1931

Correspondence relating to various photographic assignments.

Items 7-9a Letter from Nora Cooper, 1 December 1932

Discusses her return to Melbourne.

Item 10 Letter from Leon Gellert, The Home, 17 January 1930

Discusses business issues with Cazneaux. Has also heard he is doing photographic work for a rival Melbourne magazine.

Item 11 Letter from Leon Gellert, The Home, 19 June 1930

Outlines a proposal for Cazneaux to photograph koala bears.

Item 12 Newspaper cutting, n.d.

Article by Leon Geller about koala bears.

Item 13 Letter from Art in Australia, 26 November 1930

Payment for photographs taken for The bridge book.

Items 14-15 Letter from Leon Gellert, The Home, 5 December 1930

Information about a competition for the most social photographic study of a woman or girl over 17 years of age.

Item 16 Letter from The Home, n.d.

Notification that Cazneaux has won 1st prize in the Social Photograph Competition with his portrait of Lesley Sudgen.

Item 17 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 5 May 1931

Relating to account for photograph of Dame Nellie Melba.

Items 18-19 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 31 July 1931

Discussion over prices being charged by Cazneaux for his photographs. Magazine unable to pay the prices being charged.

Item 20 Letter from Leon Gellert, n.d.

Discussion on subject matter for photographs. Public interest in fish and aquaria and surf club parades.

Item 21 Letter from Art in Australia, 26 October 1931

Request to reproduce bear photographs.

Item 22 Letter from Leon Gellert, Art in Australia, n.d.

Relating to Miss Minchin's photograph.

Item 23 Letter from Leon Gellert, The Home, n.d.

Urgent request for beach and surfing photographs.

Item 24 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 4 November 1931

Relating to The bridge book and royalty payments.

Item 25 Letter from Art in Australia, 3 February 1932

Relating to payment for photographs.

Item 25a Letter from Cazneaux to the Premier's Department, 4 March 1932

Request for two press passes to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Includes a photocopy of the press pass.

The reverse side of this letter includes a list of exhibition or press prints.

Items 26-27 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 30 June 1932

Discussion of Cazneaux's account and the prices paid for photographs.

Item 28 Letter from Leon Gellert, Art in Australia, n.d.

Discussion of photographs of gardens.

Item 29 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 12 May 1933

Thank you for photographs.

Item 30 Letter from Noela Slessor, n.d.

Dated 8 August. Thank you for photographs.

Item 31 Information sheet from Art in Australia, 14 September 1933

Items of interest in the November issue will include studies of Australian tulip fields and Northern River cypress pines by Cazneaux.

Items 32-33 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, n.d.

Further discussion of prices being paid for Cazneaux's photographs by the magazine.

Item 33a Letter from Winifred West, Frensham School, Mittagong, 21 November 1933

Acknowledgement of receipt of proofs and how pleased she is with them.

Item 33b Letter from F. West, 7 November 1933

Request for photographs of herself.

Items 34-35 Letter from Syd Ure Smith, Art in Australia, 2 November 1937

Contains an extract from a letter by Sir Arthur Streeton to Ure Smith (28 October 1937) commenting upon the quality of Cazneaux's work which appeared in the Home Annual, 1937.

Item 36 Letter from A. W. (Wilfred) Arlon, 19 January 1933

Payment for photographs. Mrs Arlon is delighted with them.

Item 37 Letter from the Committee of the Internationella Fotografiutstallningen, Stockholm, 1934 18 April 1933

Invitation to exhibit.

Item 38 Letter from the Victorian Salon of Photography, 2 June 1933

Correspondence relating to the 1933 exhibition and the Melbourne Centenary Salon in 1934.

Item 39 Letter from Art Photographic and Publishing Service, 20 July 1933

Thank you letter for article on winter time photography for publication in the Australian Journal of Photography.

Item 40 Letter from Frieda Agnew, Australia House, London, 9 October 1933

Praise for Cazneaux's photograph 'The anaesthetist' appearing in the London Salon.

Items 41-42 Letter from Dr S. Scougall, 28 September 1933

Payment for photographs. Also includes a request to borrow negatives by the Superindent of Parkes and Gardens, Canberra.

Item 42a Letter from Elsie W. Dangar, 16 July [193?]

Thank you for photograph.

Items 43-44 Letter from H. Knox, 24 August [193?]

Delighted with coloured photograph.

Items 45-46 Letter from Soho Limited, England, 30 April 1945

Sending parts to Cazneaux for repair of his Soho reflex camera. Includes an instruction sheet for re-assembling the Soho reflex camera.

Items 47-54 Letter from Ainslie Roberts, 11 September 1945

Eight page letter discussing the Adelaide Camera Club and the Salon it arranged.

Items 55-58 Letter from Dr Julian Smith, 12 June 1946

Relating to the Adelaide Salon.

Item 59 Letter from Oswald Ziegler, editor, Australian Photography, 21 August 1947

Relating to the first exhibition of photographs to be used in Australian Photography 1947 being held at Newscastle.

Item 60 Letter from Laurence Le Guay, 17 September 1949

Request for article for proposed book 'Australian portfolio of photography'.

Items 61-62 Letter from E. Ralston, 11 February 1947

An appreciation of Cazneaux's work.

Items 63-64 Letter from Leon Gellert, 17 May 1950

Personal letter. Refers to the early days of Art in Australia.

Item 65 Letter from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 5 June 1950

Relating to decision by Cazneaux to continue to serve as an Honary Corresponding Member of Council for Australia.

Item 66 Letter from Photograms of the Year, 8 November 1950

Relating to the inclusion of Cazneaux print 'The pylons' in the 1950 issue.

Items 67-68 Letter from George Hunt, 'Wilpena' Hawker, 1 January 1952

Reference to the 'Cazneaux tree' - it is still standing. Request for photograph titled 'Treescapes'.

Items 69-70 Letter from George Hunt, 'Wilpena' Hawker, 19 January 1952

Acknowledgement for photograph order and thanks him also for additional photographs of Wilpena.

Items 71-72 Letter from Photograms of the Year, 17 July 1952

Acknowledgement of receipt of notes and discussion relating to prints being sent.

Item 73 Letter from Dudley Johnson, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, London, 28 April 1952

Discussion on quality of work and standard required.

Item 74 Letter from Dorothy Knox, Presbyterian Ladies College, Pymble, 22 September 1952

Acknowledgement of letter advising Cazneaux's withdrawal as school photographer.

Items 75-76 Letter from Monte Luke, c.1952

Relating to the 'Tribute evening' and the making of a tape.

Item 77 Letter from Photograms of the Year, 14 October 1952

Photograph titled 'Bush fires' which was exhibited at the London Salon of Photography will appear in the forthcoming issue of Photograms of the Year.

Item 78 Letter from G. L. Hawkins, 20 October 1952

Relating to the Singapore Collection of photographs. Cazneaux's print 'Bush fires' suitable for inclusion.

Items 79-80 Letter from L. E. Hallett, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 10 November 1952

Notification of Society's 100th anniversary, request for a message on behalf of Australian photographers and invitation to a banquet.

Item 81 Letter from the Harpenden Photographic and Cine Society, England, 24 November 1952

Seeking photographs for a special coronation year exhibition.

Item 82 Letter from Harold Cazneaux to the President and Council of the Royal Photographic Society of Britain, 20 January 1953

Message of thanks and appreciation to the Society on the occasion of their centenary.

Item 82a Letter from Harold Cazneaux to L. E. Hallett, Secretary, Royal Photographic Society of Britain, 6 January 1953

Relating to the Society's centenary celebrations.

Item 83 Letter from L. E. Hallett, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 10 January 1953

Thank you for the message from Australian members.

Item 84 Telegram from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 21 January 1953

Thank you for the message from Australian members.

Item 85 Letter from L. E. Hallett, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 18 February 1953

Thank you letter for promoting the Society's centenary and information about a centenary exhibition.

Item 86 Letter from L. E. Hallett, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 15 May 1953

Thank you for copy of the Australasian Photo-Review.

Item 87 Letter from Photograms of the Year, 4 June 1953

Regret that Cazneaux can no longer be correspondent.

Folder 3 Letters and other material, 1930s-1953

Previously listed as Folder 9, Box 2.

Item 1 Index to folder, n.d.
Items 2-17 Typescript copy of manuscript entitled 'Comments on the one man show' n.d.
Items 18-48 Manuscript entitled 'Comments on the one man show', 23 March 1909
Item 49 Letter from H. H. Blacklock, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 24 December 1937

Relating to the special centenary year and the conferring of an Honary Fellowship of the Society on Cazneaux and a photographer from each of the other five Dominions.

Item 50 Letter from H. H. Blacklock, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 12 January 1938

Further correspondence relating to the conferring of an Honary Fellowship of the Society on Cazneaux and a photographer from each of the other five Dominions.

Item 51 Telegram from Dr Julian Smith, 1 February 1938

Congratulatory telegram on the award.

Item 52 Letter from H. H. Blacklock, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, 12 January 1938

Official letter relating to the conferring of an Honary Fellowship of the Society.

Items 53-55 Envelopes, c.1938
Item 56 Letter to ?? from Cazneaux, 1 February 1938
Item 57 Letter from Hans Heysen, c.1930s

Letter dated 6 September. Thank you for the print and orders more copies. Also conveys general family news.

Item 58 Letter from Hans Heysen, c.1930s

Pages four and six of a letter. Passing on travel information about the Flinders Ranges.

Items 59-60 Letter from Hans Heysen, 26 November 1937

Letter dated 26 November. Congratulating Cazneaux on his recent work which he has seen in the Home Annual, especially the gum tree compositions. Also includes discussion of the outback.

Items 61-62 Letter from Hans Heysen, 11 December 1937

Discussion centred around a print of gum trees by Cazneaux.

Items 63-64 Letter from Hans Heysen, c.1930s

Letter dated 28 July. Thank you for the set of prints for Nora Heysen. Comments on some of Cazneaux's photographs of the Flinders Ranges.

Item 65 Letter from Hans Heysen, 1940s

Letter written 14 October sometime post-war. Reference to the death of Cazneaux's son in the war and comment that the Heysen boys 'came through it all'. Includes comment on specific Cazneaux prints.

Items 66-67 Letter from Hans Heysen, 21 January 1941

Subjects discussed include the Heysen's granddaughter, Jill; the Flinders Ranges and Australian artists and their painting.

Item 68 Letter from Hans Heysen, 29 December 1949

General discussion. Mentions his trip to the ranges with son David in March 1949. Also discusses Rapid Bay and how it has changed.

Item 69 Letter from Hans Heysen, 14 January 1953

Discusses his health and operation.

Item 70 List of photographs, 19 February 1936

List of 12 photographs ordered by Hans Heysen.

Folder 4 Letters written to Cazneaux, 1909-1952

Letters relating to orders for photographs; sales of Cazneaux's photographs and various exhibitions. Also includes letters complimenting Cazneaux on his work and a request from the Adelaide Camera Club to judge the 1946 Salon.

The letters in this folder were donated to the Library in 2003 and were not listed in the original finding aid.

Series 2 Writings, 1909-1948

Drafts of reviews and journal articles and notes by Cazneaux. He was a regular contributor to photography magazines such as Australasian Photo-Review and wrote articles for the Sydney Mail under the pseudonym of 'Reflex'. As his popularity grew he was also called upon to review and critique exhibitions.

There are also a small number of reviews by other authors including a criticism of Cazneaux's works from a London exhibition in 1928.

Folder 1 Drafts of reviews and journal articles and notes, 1924-1947

Includes a review of the first exhibition of the Australian Salon of Photography, 1924; an appreciation and criticism of the private collection of Mrs A. G. Milson which was also exhibited at the 1924 Salon; an article on surgeon and photographer, Julian Smith, following his death in 1947; notes on the portraits of Julian Smith taken by Cazneaux and on a portrait of Cazneaux taken by Julian Smith; an extract from 'The club photographer' on the London Exhibition Season; a manuscript draft entitled 'Technique in pictorial photography'; a manuscript draft entitled 'Photography: hand camera work, II' by 'Reflex' (a pseudonym used by Cazneaux when writing for the Sydney Mail) and a note on photographing Anna Pavlova .

Also includes a criticism of Cazneaux's works which were exhibited in London in 1928 by F. C. Tilney and a letter to Kodak Australasia from Cazneaux commenting on the quality of the exhibits at the Kodak International Salon in 1929 which were judged by him.

Previously listed as Folder 1, Box 1.

Folder 2 Drafts of reviews and journal articles, 1922-1948

Includes manuscript drafts of 'Landscape photography in Australia' (4 July 1947); 'Can you take it?' (n.d.); 'Progress of pictorial work by the camera workers of Australia' (4 August 1944); 'The Sydney of yesterday' (5 April 1948) written for the May-June issue of Contemporary Photography; 'The amateur; photography over the years' (n.d.) and a typescript review of work appearing in Cameragraphs, 1926.

Also includes a draft of a review of an exhibition by the Photographic Society of New South Wales in 1922 by Alek Sass.

Previously listed as Folder 3, Box 1.

Folder 3 Drafts of reviews and journal articles, 1909-1937

Includes manuscript drafts of 'Selection or rejection' for the Australasian Photo-Review (1 December 1937); 'Pictorial possibilities in and around Sydney' (1909); a review of an exhibition by the Photographic Society of New South Wales (n.d.) and 'Winter time photography' (27 June 1933).

Previously listed as Folder 8, Box 2.

Series 3 Miscellaneous papers, 1912-1984

This series consists of miscellaneous papers which have been arranged in folders according to subject and do not fit into the two previous series.

Includes papers relating to the Photographic Society of New South Wales; letters, telegrams, articles and ephemera relating to a special 'tribute evening' to Cazneaux in 1952 and letters, cards and telegrams of condolence received by the Cazneaux family on his death in 1953.

Folder 1 Photographic Society of New South Wales, 1912-1949

Includes a roneoed copy of the Society's annual report, 1912; a memorandum of association and articles of association for the Society (n.d.); a roneoed copy of the Society's annual report, 1948-1949 and manuscript notes on the formation and history of the Society by A. J. Perier (n.d.).

Also included are various typescript drafts of the rules of the Australian Salon of Photography prepared by Cazneaux. One of the drafts is dated 10 November 1922.

Previously listed as Folder 6, Box 2.

Folder 2 National 'tribute' to Harold Cazneaux, 1952-1984

In 1952 a special tribute evening to Cazneaux was organised by members of the Sydney Camera Circle and other photographic societies. Lantern slides of his best works along with a recorded commentary between Cazneaux and photographer Monte Luke were shown to an audience of around 2,000 people at the Assembly Hall, Sydney.

Includes an invitation to the tribute, a program for the evening and congratulatory letters and telegrams from friends and various camera clubs. The official proceedings were recorded and later played at camera clubs around Australia. Some extracts from club newsletters reporting on this event can also be found in this folder.

Also included is a journal article, 'Magic lantern mystery' by Max Wilson appearing in Australian Photography, April 1984. It refers to the Cazneaux tribute and the use of the magic lantern slide projector.

Previously listed as Folder 7, Box 2.

Folder 3 Letters, cards and telegrams of condolence received on the death of Harold Cazneaux, 1953-1954

Includes letters and telegrams from Keast Burke (Kodak), Jack Cato, Max Dupain, Henri Mallard, Hans Heysen, Laurence le Guay, the Victorian Salon of Photography, the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and various Australian camera clubs.

Previously listed as Folder 4, Box 1.



Container List

Series Folders/Pieces
1 1-4
2 1-3
3 1-3