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Three children playing a board game possibly on SS ORMISTON, 1927-1939


Three children playing a board game possibly on SS ORMISTON, 1927-1939



This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century. ..The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly. ..Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection..Object no. 00034612

Samuel John Hood was born in Adelaide in 1872 but moved to Sydney as a child. While only a teenager, he followed in the footsteps of his photographer father, and began working in the industry, gaining employment with William Tuttle in his George Street studio in Sydney. In 1899, Hood established his own studio, The Adelaide Photographic Company, in Pitt Street, Sydney. However, two fires at the studio resulted in him moving his business to his home in Balmain. He gained steady income from photographing ships and maritime workers. He would often photograph ships in the harbour from tugboats and then board the ship when it docked to request permission to sell his photographs of the ship to the crew.



1910 - 1930


50E Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia-33.86657, 151.19737
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