Nathan Oldham

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Nathan Oldham

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Nathan (known as Nat or Nathaniel) Oldham (5/3/1860 - 20/11/1938) was a bookseller, amateur photographer, and alderman of the Hobart City Council. Oldham married Eliza Walch Harcourt on 5/3/1890. Together they had two children, a son Charles Edward, and a daughter Winifred Harcourt Hooker. Oldham joined Walch and Sons in 1882, taking charge of the piano and musical departments. He remained with Walch and sons for forty years. In 1921 Oldam, together with Beddome and Meredith, opened 'Oldam, Beddome and Meredith' (OBM) booksellers and stationers at The Book Arcade in Hobart. Oldham was a member of the New Town Board and the New town Municipal Council. He was one of the first two aldermen elected to represent New Town on the Hobart Council after New Town and Hobart Councils amalgamated. After retiring from OBM in 1930 Oldham focused on photography and historical research. As a member of the Ship lover's society, he had a particular interest in maritime photography. Oldham was also a member of the Royal Society of Tasmania. For more information see: Tasmanian archives


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