Three albumen paper photographs (each approximately 150 x 200 mm, on original cardboard mounts, 240 x 300 mm) captioned in ink on the verso of each mount 'Palmerston, Port Darwin, NT, destroyed by Tornado, December, 1896', along with the initials FEB
A search through the directory of photographers in 'The Mechanical Eye in Australia. Photography 1841-1900' does not yield results, and although one of the images is in the State Library of South Australia collection, the photographer remains anonymous. However, the use of the term 'Tornado' suggests a traveller passing through. Specific details are pencilled onto the verso of each mount, namely 'P.R. Allen's Store', 'Rundle's Store' and 'Bennett Street' (the last mentioned is held in the SLSA, dated 1897). Interestingly, the well-exposed interior of Allen's store shows another photographer at work! The mounts are a little marked and chipped, one print is a little weak on contrast, but overall the condition is very good.