Henry Glenny

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Henry Glenny



Henry Glenny was a photographer in Ballarat in 1869. [1] His "Artiste, Dublin and Melbourne Portrait Rooms" were located at 114 Main Road, Ballarat East.[2]


Glenny was born on 5 August 1835 at Newry, County Down, Ireland. He was the son of a linen merchant and staunch Irish Protestant Joseph Glenny and Elizabeth Gandy. At the age of 18 Glenny sailed to Australia on the Phoenix arriving at Ballarat in mid 1854. He tried his luck, then was employed by J. and T. Bray of Geelong as the manager of their Ballarat store on the Gravel Pits. He married Emma Jane at Castlemaine on 14 February 1859. They had 13 children, but only five survived. [3]

Glenny was an early photographer, and established a Portrait Saloon at Castlemaine, Kyneton, and later Ballarat. In 1865 Glenny returned to Ballarat and wrote under the noms de plums of Old Chum, Peter Possum, A Voice From the East, Quine, Rambler and Silverpen. Glenny died at Melbourne on 24 July 1910.[4]


Ballarat[5] He was also producing Carte de Visits from 114 Main Road, Ballarat East.


Community Involvement

BALLARAT, Saturday.
An impressive interment was accorded to the remains of "King Billy", the last of the Ballarat blacks and the reputed chief of the tribe, to-day. When it became known that the old aborigine had been found lying under a hedge, and had died homeless and friendless at the hospital on Wednesday, in the very neighbourhood where he is popularly supposed to have once exacted tribute, several gentlemen instantly made an effort to spare him the indignity of a paupers burial. Mr Charles Morris, undertaker, very kindly volunteered to carry out the obsequies gratuitously and the trustees of the new cemetary granted a site for the grave in the Wesleyan section contiguous to that of the late Mr Martin Hoskin, town missionary. A coffin covered with black cloth trimmed with gilt lace was provided, and several members of the Old Colonist's and Australian Natives' Associations, Mr. J Kirton, M.L.A,, Mr. F.W. Niven, and Mr. Henry Glenny were among those present. The Ven. Archdeacon Mercer conducted the service, and in a short address referred to the historic significance of the ceremony that had just been performed.
Several wreaths were placed on the grave, and one very appropriate device, in the shape of a boomerang, made of wattle blossom, was sent.[6]


The death occurred on Thursday of Mrs. K. J. Glenny, widow of the late Mr. Henry Glenny, who was well known in mining circles. She was 73 years of age.[7]


1. H. J. Glenny

2. G.R. Glenny

3. W. E. Glenny

4.Rose May Glenny

5. Mrs Will Powell, of Adelaide[8]


The many friends of Mr H. J. Glenny, J.P., will reget to bear of the death of his father, Mr Henry Glenny, J.P. On Friday Mr Glebny received word of the serious illness of his father and he went down that night, seeing the patient after arrival in the city, Mr Glenny sr passed peacefully away on Sunday night. Tha remains were interred in the Methodist portion of the Kew cemetery on Tuesday, when the Rev J. J. Brown, of St Kilda, officiated. He leaves a widow, three sons (H. J. Glenny, Numurkah G.R. Glenny, Ballarat, W. E. Glenny) Sale) and two daughters (Miss Rose May Glenny, Ballarat and Mrs Will Powell, of Adelaide.) Mr Henry Glenny, who was an old colonist and Ballarat identity, had a long, honorable and useful career. He was born in Newry, Ireland, on the 5th August, 1835, and arrived in Ballarat soon after gold was discovered. He removed from there and conducted business for some time in Castlemaine and Kyneton as a photographer, returning to the Golden City in 1868, where he entered into a great many speculations and was largely interested in the Queen's Birthday Co., Donolly, and the great alluvial boom of some years ago in Ballarat. He was an honorary magistrate of two bailiwicks in Victoria, and was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Geotogical Society, of London. He was well-known in teetotal circles, and was the first C.R. of the Campaspe Tent, Kyneton, and as District Deputy of the I.O. Good Templars he rendered valuable service in the district. Under the nom de-plume of Silver Pen he was a voluminous and valued contributor to the Press. In 1884 Mr Glenny visited Namurkah in his capacity as an inspector of the National Mutual Life Association. ... [9]

The funeral of the late Mrs Emma Jane Glenny, relict of the late Mr. Henry Glenny, late of Victoria street, Ballarat East, for many years, took place on Saturday. The funeral being of a strictly private nature, only relatives and immediate friends were present. The remains were removed from the residence of her son-in-law, Mr W. Stubbs. of Barkly street, Mount Pleasant, and interred in the family grave in the Ballarat New Cemetery, The coffin-bearers were Messrs R. Thompson, P. Harris, G. Gerrett, and W. McHutchinson; and the following gentlemen supported the pall:—Messrs J. Martell, F. Smith, F. James, and A. Stubbs. The Rev. L. Tait officiated at the house and grave, and the funeral arrangements were in charge of Mr. George Ludbrook.[10]

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Further Notes


  1. Alan Davies, Peter Stanbury, Con Tanre, The Mechanical Eye in Australia, Oxford University Press, 1985.
  2. https://ballaratgenealogy.org.au/about/news-90/item/388-early-ballarat-photographers, accessed 05 July 2020.
  3. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  4. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  5. Alan Davies, Peter Stanbury, Con Tanre, The Mechanical Eye in Australia, Oxford University Press, 1985, pg 246.
  6. The Argus. 28 September 1896.
  7. The Argus, 10 November 1916.
  8. Numurkah Leader 29 July 1910.
  9. Numurkah Leader 29 July 1910.
  10. Evening Echo, 13 November 1916.

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--H. Scarpe 20:27, 28 September 2012 (EST) --C.K.Gervasoni 17:18, 14 November 2013 (EST)

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