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Agency Details

Agency Number: NG2825
Title: STEPHEN SPURLING III
Start Date: 28 Oct 1876
End Date: 03 Oct 1962
Description:

Stephen Spurling III was a prolific landscape and commercial photographer, with the largest studio in northern Tasmania from the turn of the century until 1937. Notable amongst his output are landscapes of Tasmanian wilderness areas.

Spurling was a third generation photographer, his grandfather having established a studio in Hobart in the 1860s. Stephen Spurling II moved to Launceston to operate a branch of his father's business and operated independently from 1875.

Spurling III took photos for his father as early as 1894 and officially joined the business in 1902. His best work probably dates from 1913-1930. He sold his business to Kodak in 1937.

Information Sources:

Chris Long, 'Tasmanian Photographers', p. 106-107; Christine Burgess, 'The Spurling legacy and the emergence of wilderness photography in Tasmania', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania, 2010

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37 ARTS AND CULTURE
30 TASMANIAN BUSINESSES
Series Created By Agency:
LPIC91  PHOTOGRAPHS - 'LIFE ON THE TAMAR TIDE' EXHIBITION 01 Jan 1902 31 Dec 1940
LPIC144  COLLECTION OF GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES 01 Jan 1905 31 Dec 1920
NS3485  MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1937
NS3486  PHOTOGRAPHS OF LAUNCESTON HOUSES - B&W NEGATIVES 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1937
NS3484  PHOTOGRAPHS OF LAUNCESTON HOUSES 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1937