Camera and accessories; Thornton and Pickard; 1900 - 1925; 010/075


Moruya and District Historical Society Museum


Camera and accessories

About this object

The object is a half plate bellows camera that folds down to fit into a leather carry bag. With the camera there is a Thornton Pickard Beck symmetrical lens, three polished wood double dark slides, and two brass and glass lens.

The camera was used by Mr Thomas George Hitch during his time as a missionary for the Church of Christ in China, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea and Japan in the early part of the 20th century.

Thornton Pickard Imperial Triple Extension Field Cameras were popular with outdoor photographers in the first quarter of twentieth century. One of the main reasons for this was the way the large camera was designed to fold down into a compact unit.

The camera, lens and plates all fitted into the accompanying leather case. Originally there would also have been a cloth for placing over the photographe'rs head. The camera was made of high quality wood with brass fittings to withstand travelling conditions
This made it a heavy set of camera equipment to carry long distances particularly when accompanied by the wooden tripod.


Thornton and Pickard

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Date Made

1900 - 1925

Place Made


Place Notes

Thornton Pickard Imperial Triple Extension Field Camera,

Medium and Materials

brass / glass / wood / leather / ivory / textile

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Highlights of the Museum

Credit Line

Donated by the Coleman family.
Note: Mrs Alice Ruby Coleman (1917-2001) was the daughter of Thomas George Hitch and his wife Emilie. Alice died at Tuross Heads.

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