Mosman Photographic Society


At the annual meeting held on 28th September 1911

Wednesday 5th September 1906Page 2 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

An amateur photographic society for Mosman was successfully launched at a meeting held last night at Sherlock, Military-road, the residence of Dr. Mason. Mr J. Cropley, who was voted to the chair, explained the want that was felt if not of a strictly local camera club, at least of one that should have Mosman as its centre. The district was one in which a very large number of amateur plate-spoilers resided and what was wanted was a local society, with club rooms, at which, the members could foregather and which would provide those conveniences necessary in the prosecution of their hobby. The chairman added that the intention was to secure quarters at the Spit Junction and have them properly equipped with dark rooms, etc.

The formal resolution affirming the desirableness of forming the society was moved by Mr W.M. Mitchell and seconded by Mr A.C. Rowlandson. All those present intimated their willingness to join. The presence of at least one lady indicated that membership was not going to be confined to the sterner sex. Messrs. W. Morey, A.J. Perier, W. Scott, G.W. Mason, J. Cropley and W.M. Mitchell were appointed a provisional committee to arrange various matters of detail and to submit proposals at a future meeting. There was a good deal of discussion as, to what the designation of the new society should be and on this point some practical suggestions were offered by Messrs. Rowlandson, Scott and Perier. This and other details, however, were matters with regard to which the committee was invited to make recommendations.

At the instance of Mr Rowlandson, the meeting voted its thanks to Messrs. Perier and Scott (representing Messrs. Baker Rouse and Messrs. Harrington and Co., respectively) for the assistance they had rendered and to Dr. Mason, for the hospitality extended to those present. Thanks were accorded also to Mr G.W. Mason for the work he had done as Hon.Secretary pro tem. Complimentary reference was made to the publicity that the Star had given the movement and the paper specially thanked for what it had done on behalf of the new society. Mr A.C. Rowlandson informed the members that they were welcome to hold their next meeting at his house, an offer that was gratefully accepted. The next general meeting will, therefore, take place at Montana, Harbour-street, on the 18th September.

Saturday 29th September 1906Page 11 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

The newly-formedMosman Photographic Societyhas appointed the following office bearers: Patron, Judge: Docker; president, A.C. Rowlandson; vice-presidents; W. Cropley, H.H. Axtens, W. Morey, H.R. Curlewis and J. Homan; treasurer, D. Mitchell; committee, A.S. Farmer, C. Dun and C.OC. Murray; auditors, A.J. Perier and W. Scott; and Hon.Secretary, G.W. Mason.

Saturday 27th October 1906Page 10 – The Australian Star (Sydney NSW)

At the last meeting of theMosman Photographic Society, Mr A.J. Perier gave a demonstration on Hints to Beginners. The lecturer confined himself principally to hints which are so useful to those beginning photography, such as mixing of developer, thorough fixation of plates, how to use actinometers, how to find the F aperture of lens. A lantern lecture in aid of the society is to be given by Mr Walter Burke FRPS, at the local Town Hall next Friday evening, on A Winter Cruise In Summer Seas, or Ten Days In the Fijian Islands. The program will be strengthened by several well-known professional vocalists.

Monday 5th November 1906Page 4 – The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW)

There was a large attendance at the Mosman Town Hall on Friday evening on the occasion of a concert and lecture held for he purpose of raising funds to fit up and provide a dark room and premises tor the newly formedMosman Photographic Society. The Mayor of Mosman (Alderman Patrick Leahy) presided and after having wished the society success he introduced to the gathering his Honor Judge Docker, the president of the society. An interesting lecture was delivered by Mr Walter Burke, FRPS, which was illustrated by numerous lantern slides. An excellent musical program was then rendered, amongst the contributors being Miss Madge Helmrich, Miss Marjorie Davis (Mr Gilhooley playing the flute obligato), Messrs Clarke and Millard. Mr James acted as accompanist. An enjoyable evening was spent and the sum realized will materially assist the movement. Some 60 members are already enrolled.

21st November 1906Page 434 – The Australasian Photographic Review

A club has been formed in the above-mentioned district with a view of amalgamating all the local Amateur Photographers. The initial meeting was held about a month ago, when the nucleus of a very strong Society was formed. The following gentlemen have been appointed officers:

Patron, His Honor Judge Docker; President, Mr. A.C. Rowlandson; Vice-Presidents, Messrs. H.H. Axtens, W. Cropley, J.H. Homan, W. Morey, and A.J. Perier; Hon.Secretary, Mr. D.M. Mitchell; Hon. Treasurer, Mr. G. Mason.

An entertainment was held by the Society on the 3rd November, in the form of a lantern lecture and concert, which was very successful. The subject of the lecture was A Winter Cruise in Summer Seas Ten Days in the Fijian Islands by Mr. Walter Burke FRPS. Some beautiful slides were shown, including the famous and only set of Fire Walking at Bega. Musical items were rendered by Miss Marjorie Davis, Miss Madge Helmrich, Messrs. Clarke, Millard and Gillhooley, with Mr. James as hon. accompanist. Altogether the sum of l7 was added to the Societys funds. It is the intention of the Committee to hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month, the next meeting being in December, when Mr. Norman C. Deck will deliver a lecture.

21st December 1906Page 479 – The Australasian Photographic Review

An outing was held on 1st December, but the unfavorable weather deterred a large number of members from being present. The afternoon was, nevertheless, very pleasantly spent round about the pretty spots near the Spit, Middle Harbour and gave good augury for the success and popularity of this feature of the Societys syllabus. It is proposed to establish a Society Album to which all members will contribute on a competitive system and thus form a very valuable illustrated record of the Societys doings.

On 13th December, Mr. Norman C. Deck gave a lecture on Trimming and Mounting to a large number of the Societys members, in their rooms at Spit Junction. The keen attention and interest with which the lecture was followed must have in some degree have rewarded him for the very great amount of trouble and time he took to make all the different processes he explained thoroughly understood.

On 17th January, His Honor Judge Docker will give a lantern lecture on The North Coast, when the Societys members look forward to seeing some exceptionally fine examples of lantern slides.

On 14th February, Mr. A.J. Perier will lecture on Kodak Photography. The Society will shortly issue a new Syllabus, from March to May inclusive, which, it will be found, will be full of good things.

Photographers in Mosman or on the North Shore can obtain any information from the Secretary, David M. Mitchell, Box 126, G.P.0., or Le Chalet, Prince Albert st, Mosman.

17th January 1907Demonstration on Kodak Photography by Mr A.J. Perier.

Thursday 17th January 1907Page 2 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

The Problem of Correct Exposure was the all-important question upon which Mr Norman Deck sought to enlighten the members of theMosman Photographic Societyat their last meeting. Mr Deck also demonstrated the chromium process of intensification.

Although the weather conditions were against successful work, the visit made by the members of theMosman Photographic Societyto Five Dock Park last Saturday was much appreciated by those who took part in the outing. This little known resort appears to have been something of a revelation to the small army of photographers by which it was invaded. The place is full of pictures; you cant go wrong, enthusiastically declared one worker.

21st January 1907Page 22 – The Australian Photographic Journal

Council meeting held at rooms at Spit Junction on 4th January. Resolved to alter dates on syllabus for lantern lecture by Judge Docker and demonstration on Kodak photography by Mr A.J. Perier. Judge Docker will probably fix his lecture for second Thursday in February. Mr Perier will give his demonstration on 17th January. The Society has had a large number of rules printed off in convenient booklet form, a copy of which is obtainable from the Hon.Secretary or any of the photographic supplies establishments. The same will apply to the new syllabus extending from March to August as follows (see syllabus). To keep the Societys business up-to-date the Council will meet until otherwise arranged on the third Thursday in each month in addition to the ordinary monthly general meeting The monthly outings take place on the Saturday immediately succeeding the lecture, the next outing being to Balmoral Beach, meeting at Spit Junction, from 3 to 3.15pm. Particulars are always available from the secrertary or any of the committee. Members of kindred clubs and members friends are cordially invited. A quarterly exhibition of mounted and framed photographs will be held, a suitable prize to be awarded to the winner. Any subject and any style of printing process eligible An annual exhibition of the same nature on a larger scale will also be provided. Mr Henry King has consented to act as judge. Competitive photographs should be sent to the Hon.Secretary, 153 Clarence-street, or to Messrs. Harrington and Co., Ltd., Baker Rouse, or Messrs. J. K. Squire and Co seven clear days before the exhibition. The first competition will be held in March. Competitors should tag or label their mounts or frames with a nom de plume which should also appear on the outside of a sealed envelope containing their name and address on a slip of paper. The Council desires to state that the Society reserves to itself as one of the conditions of the competition the right to reprodnce the winning print as they deem proper. Mr Mason who acted first as Hon.Secretary and later, as treasurer, has found himself compelled, by private demands upon his time, to relinquish the latter post and has been succeeded by Mr Dunn whose address is c/o Union Cable Co., Queen Victoria Markets, Sydney. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Mason for services rendered.

21st January 1907Page 32 – The Australasian Photographic Review

A Council Meeting was held at the rooms, Spit Junction, on the 4th January. Resolved, to alter Judge Dockers lantern lecture, down on the syllabus for the 17th January, to a future time, to be fixed, if possible, in February, the occurrence of the Xmas holidays having cut into the Councils arrangements so deeply that it was deemed advisable to adopt this course. Mr. Perier has consented to give his talk on Kodak photography on 17th January, instead of 14th February. The Society is getting printed a number of its rules in convenient booklet form and new syllabus cards covering March to August and a copy may be obtained from the Secretary, or any of the photographic stores in the city. To keep the Societys business well ahead, a Council Meeting will for the future be held on the third Thursday in each month, at 8pm, in addition to the ordinary monthly meeting on the second Thursday. Monthly outings take place on the Saturday immediately following the monthly meeting. The rendezvous this month is the Spit Junction, from 3 to 3.15pm, thence to Balmoral for wood, sea and landscape. Members, their friends and kindred Societies will be welcome. The Society has made arrangements for holding quarterly exhibitions of prints mounted and for frame, a suitable prize to be given to the winner. The winning or any print is, under the competitive conditions, to be vested in the Society for the time being, for purposes of reproduction. A scheme is also under consideration for an annual prize-bearing competition, details of which will be elaborated next month. (Prints for the quarterly competition are eligible only if made during the period which the competition covers). A Society album is being formed and members are invited to send the Hon.Secretary their best print of local (Mosman or district) subjects. This applies more particularly to prints of negatives made on the various outings. Mr. Henry King has been asked to adjudicate in the various competitions. Competitive prints must be lodged with the Hon.Secretary, 153 Clarence Street, City, or care of Messrs. J.H. Squire and Co., Harrington and Co., or Baker Rouse, not less than seven clear days from date of monthly meeting in March next; that is, not later than March; prints to have a nom-de-plume attached to them and same to appear on outside of sealed envelope, which shall contain name and address of competitor and all data relative to printplace, time, exposure, paper, within. Mr. Mason has been replaced by Mr. Dunn as Treasurer of the Society. A vote of thanks was passed to the former for his services as Hon.Secretary first and then as Treasurer.

14th February 1907Lantern Lecture by Judge Docker.

Saturday 16th February 1907Page 11 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

Kodak photography in all its phases was practically demonstrated by Mr Albert Perier before the members of theMosman Photographic Societyat their last meeting. As Mr Perier is an acknowledged expert in this branch of photography a very instructive evening resulted. The clubs monthly, outing will take place to-day.

TheMosman Photographic Societys syllabus for the next six months promises to provide the members with an instructive course of lectures. Mr W. Scott on March 14 will enlighten the members on the optics of their hobby and he will be followed on April 11 by Mr W. Gates, Bromide and Gaslight printing; on May 9 by Mr A.V. Wilkinson, color Photography; on June 13 by Mr E. A. Bradford, Carbon Process; on July 11 by Mr Albert J. Perier, Lantern Slide Making; and on August 8 by Mr J.S. Stening, whose subject has yet to be selected. Mr David M. Mitchell, the societys new Hon.Secretary, is proving a highly energetic officer, whose photographic enthusiasm is Just the sort of thing required in such an official for a young society.

20th February 1907Page 47 – The Australian Photographic Journal

Mr Norman Deck lectured at the Societys rooms on the 17th February, on (a Some problems of correct exposure and demonstrated (b) The chromium process of intensification. There was a good muster of members and the lecturer was followed closely throughout. In (a Mr Deck stated that the perfect negative is one in which the silver deposit, or the light and shade, are proportional to the light intensities which produced them; that the latitude given in modern plates was extraordinary, probably as much as 1 in 200; that the average ratios of high light and shade may be stated at 1 to 50; that with long gradation there exists extreme latitude and with short gradations the opposite. Correct exposure is that which will give the time result with the least possible light action on the film, provided that the darkest shadow is correctly rendered Mr Deck strongly advocated the use of light meters and laid stress upon the necessity of exposing for the shadows. Books recommended for above and in connection with development: (1) Watkins Manual; (2) Practical Methods of Development (Miniature series); and (3) Photography by Rule (Iliffe). The demonstration of the Chromium Intensification Process followed the formula on page 794 of the B. J. of 1906. Redevelopment was with amidol and the bichromate stain was washed out in pot. metabisulphite. Mr Deck also showed how reduction could be effected by the same means, by stopping the redevelopment at any desired stage. The new syllabus of the Society is now ready and copies may be obtained at any of the photographic supplies stores.

21st February 1907Page 71 – The Australasian Photographic Review

Mr. Norman Deck lectured at the Societys Rooms on the 17th February, on (a) some problems of correct exposure, and demonstrated (b) the Chromium process of intensification. There was a good muster of members, and the lecturer was closely followed throughout. In (a) Mr. Deck stated that the perfect negative is one in which the silver deposit on the lights and shades is proportional to the light intensities which produced them; that the latitude given in modern plates is extraordinary, probably as much as 1 in 200; that the average ratio of high light and shade may be stated as 1 to 50; that with long gradations there exists extreme latitude, and vice versa. Correct exposure is that which will give the true result with the least possible light action on the film, provided that the darkest shadow is correctly rendered. Mr. Deck strongly advocated the use of exposure meters and laid stress upon the necessity of exposing for the shadows. Books recommended in connection with development were Watkins Manual, Practical Methods of Development (Miniature Series), and Photography by Rule (Iliffe). The demonstration of the Chromium in tensification process followed on the formula given on p. 794 of the B.J. Almanac of 1906. Mr. Deck also showed how reduction could be effected by the same means by stopping the re-development at any desired stage. The new syllabus of the Society is as follows: March – August, 1907; Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday in each month. March 14: Lenses, Mr. W. Scott. April 11: Bromide and Gaslight Printing, Mr. Walter Gates. May 9: Color Photography, Mr. A.V. Wilkinson. June 13: Carbon Process, Mr. E.A. Bradford. July 11: Lantern Slide Making, Mr. A.J. Perier. August 8: Lecture, Mr. J.S. Stening. Prints for quarterly competition should reach the Hon.Secretary, not later than March 7 and June 6, and must be mounted; frame optional. Monthly outings take place on the Saturday in each month immediately following the monthly meeting. Further information from David M. Mitchell, Hon.Secretary, Box 126, G.P.O.

Mosman Photographic Society held their usual monthly meeting on Thursday 14th February, at their rooms, at 8pm, Mr. Cropley in the chair, a very good attendance of members being present. The business of the evening was Kodak Photography, by Mr. A.J. Perier, and that gentleman dwelt at length on the many advantages to be derived by the use of a Kodak instead of a plate camera, notably for mountain climbing, etc. The lecturer handed round a very large collection of negatives, all of which had been developed in the Kodak machine. Mr. Perier then went on to show the ease and simplicity of operating with both the Tank machine and also the older style of instrument,the Developing machine. He had two spools that had been specially taken for show at that meeting. One spool consisted of a series of indoor portraiture, and the other spool had been exposed round the Harbor. The developer used was that specially made by the Kodak Co. for use with their machines. The finished results were highly appreciated, and convinced everyone present of the advantages to be derived from the use of Kodaks and Developing machines.

Saturday 9th March 1907Page 10 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

Is the title of a lecture to be delivered by Mr W. Scott, before theMosman Photographic Societyon the 14th March. The subject is one to which Mr Scott has devoted much study and the members of the society may therefore look forward to being considerably enlightened on the all-important question of photographic optics.

14th March 1907Quarterly print competition: 1st Mr A.J. Perier, 2nd Mr G. Mason, 3rd Mr W. Cropley.

14th March 1907Lecture on Lenses by Mr W. Scott.

20th March 1907Page 47 – The Australian Photographic Journal

At the quarterly print competition, held in the rooms of the above society, on Thursday 14th March, there was a good attendance of members and quite a large number of prints were sent in. The first prize felI to Mr A.J. Perrier, the second and third being awarded to Messrs. G. Mason and W. Cropley respectively. The lecture on lenses by Mr W. Scott proved to be most interesting and was much appreciated by those present. The chief points were: Why do we use a lens? The formation of lenses, faults of lenses and their scientific manufacture, chromatic and spherical aberration, distortion. Diagrams and demonstration lenses were used throughout and the lecturer was warmly congratulated by the members for his interesting discourse, as well as for the pains taken in preparing the drawings illustrating it. Altogether, a most pleasant evening was spent. The monthly outing which was to have taken place on the 16th inst., was postponed owing to unsuitable weather.

Saturday 30th March 1907Page 11 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

Last months competition among the members of theMosman Photographic Societywas productive of some very good work. Mr Albert Perier secured the first prize with his Interesting Story, a pretty little composition. Mr G. Mason was second with The Close of an Autumn Day and Mr W. Cropley third with A Flower Study.

Bromide and Gaslight Printing is the subject of a lecture to be given by Mr Walter Gates to the members of theMosman Photographic Societyon April 11. Mr Gates has something of a name for his work in this particular process and those members of the society that have anything to learn about bromide printing should certainly make a point of attending the lecture.

Saturday 6th April 1907Page 11 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

Mr Walter Gates will give theMosman Photographic Societya demonstration of bromide and gaslight paper printing on Thursday next.

11th April 1907Lecture and demonstration on the Bromide Process by Mr Gates.

Saturday 13th April 1907Page 11 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

Mr Walter Gatess demonstration on bromide and gaslight paper printing was a much appreciated item in the program of theMosman Photographic Societyat its last meeting. Mr Gates is one of our leading bromide workers and an evening with him is at any time worth more than half a dozen with the text books.

20th April 1907Page 96 – The Australian Photographic Journal

The usual monthly meeting was held on the 11th April, at the Societys rooms, a good attendance of members showing up to hear Mr Gates lecture and demonstrate on the Bromide Process. Mr Gates took for the evenings lesson the Printing and Development of Bromide Papers, touching as fully as time would permit on the different types of papers most suitable for certain classes of work and giving his experience of the use of several developers. The lecturer expressed his preference for ordinary Bromide over Gaslight papers and stated that he had very little doubt as to the permanency of the former, provided their development, fixation and washing had been thoroughly carried out. Bromide, said Mr Gates, has moce charm for me than any other process. The acid alum fixing and hardening process was not favorably regarded by Mr Gates, who also announced himself as wedded to no particular brand of paper. A suitable developer, that recommended by Mr Hodges is metol. Mr Gates has a favorite developer of his own which he thinks highly of and which is constituted as follows

(Add this last constituent a short time before developing).

Development with the above should be complete in from one to two minutes.

(Add 3 grs. of Amidol to each oz. of above just before using).

Under exposures can be accelerated with saturated solution (small quantity) of sodium sulphite.

Development should be complete in from 5 to 15 minutes.

Two prints from a normal negative were then made, with exposures of 20 and 30 seconds respectively, at a distance of 18 inches from a fishtail gasburner and in the dim and fantastic glimmer of the ruby light Mr Gates brought them up, asking those crowding around the table to notice how the prints darkened when they were put into the hypo. At the conclusion of his lecture Mr Gates was accorded a hearty vote of thanks and was invited by the Society to come again, which he cordially promised to do. The Societys Outing was held on the 13th inst., Manly being the rendezvous.

22nd April 1907Page 156 – The Australasian Photographic Review

The meeting for the month of March was devoted to a lecture on Lenses, by Mr. Scott, who gave a very lucid and interesting paper on this important subject. The lecturers remarks were illustrated by a number of capital diagrams and also dummies, which helped to make many salient points of interest more easily understood to beginners. The lecturer was accorded a very hearty vote of thanks. The quarterly competition brought forward a large number of prints, some of a very high standard indeed. The following were the winners:

1st, An interesting Story, by A.J. Perier (from Kodak P.C. Negative).

2nd, The Eve of a Winters Day, by G.W. Mason.

The monthly meeting took place on Thursday 11th April, when a very large number of members came to hear Mr. Walter Gates give his lecture on Bromide Papers. A most interesting and instructive evening was spent, and as Mr. Gates demonstrated his methods of working, and also gave out all his formulae, the members of the society are bound to reap great benefits from same. A hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. Perier, and seconded by Mr. Mitchell, who was happy to secure a promise from Mr. Gates to give another evening at a future date, brought the meeting to a close.

Saturday 11th May 1907Page 10 – The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW)

color photography is still but a dream, but the progress that has been made towards that goal which so many investigators in the old country are striving to reach was well illustrated by Mr A.V. Wilkinson in the lecture given by him the other evening to theMosman Photographic Society. Mr Wilkinson is a great enthusiast in color photography, to which he began to apply himself seventeen years ago. He has experimented with all the processes that have been evolved from time to time during that period and was therefore in a position to let his hearers know all that is to be known about color photography up to the present. Mr Wilkinson was heartily thanked for his admirable lecture.

Monday 13th May 1907Page 6 – Evening News (Sydney, NSW)

Wednesday 15th May 1907Page 58 – Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW)

Although not yet perfect, color photography has made rapid advancement during recent years. The average person knows little of the various color processes now used and therefore the lecture on the subject delivered by Mr A.V. Wilkinson (of the Town and Country Journal) before theMosman Photographic Societylast week proved very interesting. Mr Wilkinson had an appreciative audience and his remarks were closely followed. The lecturer stated that all natural color photography was based on the principle that all the colors of the spectrum as seen in nature are capable of being reproduced by combination from the three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and then dealt in detail with several processes of color photography. During the course of the lecture, Mr Wilkinson, passed round the audience a number of examples of fine work in three colors, by various processes and by means of a lantern and a screen the absorption of certain rays by certain colored light filters was demonstrated and lantern slides in natural colors were also shown. Mr Wilkinson also had set up in the hall a chromoscope, which produces the three colors by what is known as the additional method, ordinary white light being combined by means of mirrors. At the conclusion of the lecture, the lecturer was accorded a vote of thanks.

At a later date Mr Wilkinson will show one process of color photography in its entirety in a practical manner.

21st May 1907Page 193 – The Australasian Photographic Review

21st May 1907Page 195 – The Australasian Photographic Review


The above was the title of a lecture delivered by Mr. A.V. Wilkinson, of the Town and Country Journal, before theMosman Photographic Society, at the Rooms, on May 9th. In addition to the usual membership muster, there was an influx of visitors, the subject being one which holds eminent attractions for all interested in photographic processes.

Mr. Wilkinson stated that Natural Color Photography was based on the principle that all the colors of the spectrum, as seen in nature, are capable of being reproduced by combination from the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. If we make three negatives, the print from one or which reproduces only the yellow, from another only the red and from the third only the blue and from these three negatives, prints or positives are colored accordingly and properly super-imposed, we have a representation of the object true to nature. To split up the image into the primaries thus, light filters or color screens are used. These light-filters are of two kinds, wet or dry. Wet filters consist of s