William Ellis

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Although originally trained as a bricklayer, William Ellis became a photographer and is said to have been Ballarat’s first.[1]

William Ellis was a photographer at Ballarat from1854-1860 at the Red Hill Photographic Rooms. [2]


William Ellis was a English born professional photographer and builder. He arrived in Victorian in 1853 and worked as a bricklayer in Melbourne before taking uo photography. He moved to Ballarat in 1854 becoming the first resident photographer when he set up the Red Hill Photographic Rooms.[3]


Red Hill, Ballarat


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Red Hill Photographic Rooms


Further Notes


  1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  2. Davies, Alan & Stanbury, Peter The Mechanical Eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1985.
  3. Kerr, Joan, The Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press, 1992.

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