Item 17 - Daguerreotype of woman seated

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Daguerreotype of woman seated


  • c1860 (Creation)

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1 daguerreotype in case

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Civil Engineer and Colonial Architect in Van Diemen's Land, serving from 1827 to 1838 and responsible for all government buildings including those for penal and military purposes. Tasmanian Parliament House is one of his most notable projects. In October 1838 Archer accepted an appointment as police magistrate for the district of Horton. He filled this office, living at Stanley, until his death on 4 December 1852.
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Bequeathed by John Murray Harrisson, great grandson of John Lee Archer, 1941

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This daguerrotype may possibly be of Sophia Lee Archer nee Mattinson, who was born in 1809.
She married John Lee Archer, the Colonial Engineer and Architect, in 1833 aged 25. Pocket case constructed of wood frame, covered in embossed leather. When opened, it has one photograph in a frame made of brass and on the back side of the door a blue velvet embossed pad. Case is hinged with leather and closed with two small latches.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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