Thornton Pickard Westminster Quarter Plate Camera Belonging to John William Twycross (1871–1936)

60 Objects Burrell Twycross Gallery McCrae Homestead

John William Twycross (1871–1936) purchased this camera in 1918. It was a turning point for this creative man.

With this purchase he became a pictorialist photographer, capturing scenes in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

John Twycross took every opportunity to record the world around him, using his lunchtime breaks to capture the streets of Melbourne. Many images document life at Arthur’s Seat where the family would holiday, visiting their Aunt Kate Burrell.

The Burrell family purchased Arthur’s Seat from the McCraes in 1851 and lived at the homestead for 74 years. John Twycross’ parents married at the homestead in 1870.




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