A group of four nineteenth-century photographs featuring Thomas Walker Higgins, a pioneer of Currency Creek and Middleton, about 80 kilometres south of Adelaide
Two of the photographs are approximately 100 x 150 mm, the other two are approximately 70 x 75 mm. All four were recently removed from an old album leaf and remounted on acid-free card; each one has a small number pencilled unobtrusively in the sky in the top right-hand corner. One image in each size depicts Higgins at his pastoral property at Currency Creek, with the homestead, 'Higginsbrook', figuring prominently in the smaller one. In the other two images, Higgins is shown standing on rocks at the coast at Middleton (the site was identified on the verso in pencil). The photographer is unidentified; the images are undated, but we suggest the 1860s. Irish-born Thomas Walker Higgins (1810-1899) emigrated to South Australia in September 1839. The following year, he and his wife and their only child 'journeyed to the South Coast where good land was plenty. They took up a run near Currency Creek, and on Section 2147 in the hundred of Goolwa they built their home, naming it 'Higginsbrook' after his family's ancestral home back in Ireland.... [It] was built on a side of a hill, giving a scenic view over the valley towards the sea.... In 1849 Thomas Higgins purchased what is now known as Middleton. In 1854 he had the land surveyed and made plans for the township of Middleton, naming after his connection with Ireland' (genealogical information sourced, with many thanks, from the Higgins family genealogy page on RootsWeb). [4 items].