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Friday 11 June 2010

Lesley Marquis-Kyle 1923-2010

Newspaper death notice

Death notice published in the Courier-Mail. As first published the notice had 27 errors of spelling and punctuation. We insisted that the notice be corrected and re-run (this scan shows the corrected version). As my father used to say: You’d better get it right; otherwise God, Henry Royce, and your mother will know.

My mother Lesley and sister Fiona enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine at Capri, Italy, 1966. Captured on Kodachrome by my father Stan. A happy day.

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Tuesday 1 June 2010

Camouflage

A lucky find: This odd photograph, in an album of Queensland views, in the collection of the State Library of Queensland. The catalogue entry says the album was created by Henry Mobsby, a photographer on the staff of the Department of Agriculture and Stock, perhaps for presentation to James Orr, a senior bureaucrat in the Department.

Why was Mr Mobsby wearing that leafy cape and Oriental straw hat? Was he stalking wildlife? That looks like a quarter-plate hand camera (perhaps a Lizars ‘Challenge’ Model E) with a waist-level reflecting viewfinder — not an easy way to catch flighty fauna. How did the shot turn out?

Photographer Henry Willian Mobsby wearing camouflage, c. 1905. This image is from the library’s scan of a modern monochrome copy print. I have slightly adjusted the tones, and introduced a tint to approximate the colour of the original print.

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