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the cdv photographers



The trade in views and portraiture rapidly became highly competitive and successful.

The more successful photographic studios had a stream of 'society' clients who required images to send to relatives as well as to have as treasures to fill out home albums.

This series of CDVs represents that era in the 19th century whereby society women were seen as having rank within this far flung colony.

The photograph conveyed the message that the women had time, wealth and status.

The style of portraiture was equal to that being produced back in England and America. They were symbols laden with meaning. 

Those that viewed these images, as small as they remain to 21st century eyes, they knew what the CDV represented.


click on the images to view Women of the Colonies


South Australia