A pair of quarter-plate daguerreotype portraits (each approximately 100 × 80 mm) of Thomas Radford (1795-1867) and his wife Martha (1796-1867)
The Radfords were born in Devon, emigrated to South Australia in October 1838, and lived in the Barossa Valley from the mid-1840s until their death. From the perceived ages of the subjects, these images would appear to date from the 1850s. Other (later) images of the Radfords are held in the State Library of South Australia. They substantiate the identification, and confirm that these daguerreotypes, by an anonymous photographer, are of (rural South) Australian origin, as the Radfords did not leave the colony after they arrived here in 1838. Both images are in excellent condition, with the original brass mats (one a little tarnished), preservers and glass, but uncased as found. Any daguerreotype of Australian origin is rare, rural South Australian ones excessively so in our experience. [2 items].