1893 Brisbane flood photo by John Jackson Hogg

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kirkham family of photographers

I have just made contact with Carol H. of the UK whose husband is a relation of Queensland photographer Reuben Kirkham. There were in fact 4 members of the Kirkham family involved in photography in Queensland and NSW.

Reuben Kirkham
Born 1857, Manchester, Lancashire
Son of George Kirkham (Boot closer and leather dealer) and Elizabeth Flint

Probably commenced in photography somewhat later in life c.1910


Windorah, Queensland 1913
visited England May-July 1914
Wee Waa, NSW (residence) 1916
Rockybrook, Yarwun, Queensland 1925
223 West St, Rockhampton 1930

Alfred Kirkham
Born 27 Feb 1885 Brewarrina, NSW, d. 2 Mar 1960, Darlinghurst, NSW
Son of Reuben Kirkham and Norah Ester Moody

Kirkham's Travelling Studio
Blackall, Queensland 1905
Paroo River, Queensland 1905
West Queensland 1905

Cloncurry, Queensland 1912-1913
visited England May-July 1914
Yarwun, Queensland (farmer) 1925
78 William St, Rockhampton 1936
94 William St, Rockhampton 1943

Joseph Henry Kirkham
Born 16 April 1901, Hillston, NSW
Son of Reuben Kirkham and Norah Ester Moody

Wee Waa, NSW 1916
(described at photographer at time of AIF enlistment, gave age as 18 although only 15

George Reuben Kirkham
Born 1882, Bourke, NSW, died 1949, Queensland
Son of Reuben Kirkham and Norah Ester Moody

Oak St, Barcaldine 1919

Carol has a photo by Kirkham Studios, Mossman St, Charters Towers which is probably taken by Reuben Kirkham.

Thank you to David Watkins for some of the genealogical information. Anyone with further information is welcome to make contact.

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