Francis W. Niven

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Born in Dublin, Ireland i 1831, he ran away to sea from the age of 13 to 18. He arrived in Ballarat in 1852. With little success in gold seeking Niven purchased a lithographic press, taught himself to work it, and produced bboks and billheads which he drew and printed himself.[1]

Francis Wilson Niven, of F. W. Niven & Co. was a mining and commercial stationer, engraver, lithographer and general printer situated at 9 Lydiard Street, Ballarat.

Around 1862 Niven apprenticed himself to the Ballarat lithographer Herman Deutsch. Niven purchased the business from Deutsch in 1863, and subsequently published numerous views of gold claims and their underground workings. [2]

In 1900 he opened a branch office in Melboourne.[3]

Niven was a member of the Old Colonists' Association.[4] He died on 03 December 1905.[5]


See also

F. W. Niven & Co.

Ballarat Amateur Photographic Association




  1. Lamplight, Vol 4, No 1, Jan-Feb 2014.
  3. Lamplight, Vol 4, No 1, Jan-Feb 2014.
  4. Ballarat Star, 3 Mar 1890.
  5. Lamplight, Vol 4, No 1, Jan-Feb 2014.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 09:38, 22 November 2012 (EST)

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