Photographers of the Irwin Districts

This exhibit features the work of five photographers of the Irwin District whose photographs have been donated to the Irwin Districts Historical Society.The photographers were both professional and amateur, all have made a major contribution to the records of the Irwin Districts.

In addition to their photographs, some of their equipment has also been donated and is exhibited along with examples of their work.

Eric P. Lidner

We do not have a photograph of Eric, but prior to coming to retire in Dongara in about 1935 he was a storekeeper in Mingenew. He was noted for his market garden in Hepburn Street, which he grew during World War II.He moved to Kalgoorlie in 1948. Few of his photographs remain in Dongara.

The picture of Robert Russ’s Shop, taken about 1900, which shows Robert Russ standing in the doorway is stamped with Mr. Lidner’s trademark.


Percy M. Carter

Percy Carter lived in Dongara before World War I. He was the Dongara representative for W. D Moore and Co and lived at ‘Cliveden’ with his wife and family. Right, Mountain Bridge (former 5 Mile Bridge) (IRME1764)

He photographed scenes along the Irwin River, his friends Dr. Bartlett and his wife Florence as well as David and Susan Brand and their children. He also photographed Dongara landmarks such as the jetty and bridges.

Percy M. Carter

Second Jetty, Port Denison, 1906 The Bond Store in the distance. (IRME1928) .

Percy M. Carter

Second Jetty, Port Denison, 1906 with the SS Julia Percy berthed. (IRME0907) .

Percy M. Carter

Florence Bartlett and daughter Mona and playmate. Taken at Denison House. 1910. (IRME2723) .


William Wilton 1876-1977

William was the son of John Marklove and Sarah Eversden. He worked as a railway ganger for the Midland Railway for twenty-one years, working from the Irwin siding.

He owned the Premo No.4 Camera (on display at the museum) and developed and printed his own glass slides and prints

William Wilton 1876-1977

There are over 50 glass slides taken by him in the collection, many show the everyday activities of a ganger’s life, pictures of the railway and other events.


Thomas A. Reynolds 1865-1939

Thomas Augustus Reynolds was a tinsmith by trade, examples of his craft as well as paintings on tin by him are in the Society’s collection and can be seen at the museum.

Thomas photographed people in formal poses as well as local landmarks.

Thomas A. Reynolds 1865-1939

St. Dominic’s Priory taken about 1925,

Thomas A. Reynolds 1865-1939

Ellen Dee nee Browning taken about 1895.


Kathleen May Ellery 1927-1975

Kathleen (Kit) May Ellery nee Batty was born in Dongara and was a founding member of the Irwin District Historical Society,

Many of her photographs and documents were donated o the Society by her late husband Charlie who was also a life member of the Society.

Kathleen May Ellery 1927-1975

The flooded Irwin River inundates the Dominican Priory in 1971

Kathleen May Ellery 1927-1975

Restoration of Russ Cottage 1970

Kathleen May Ellery 1927-1975

Carting wool in 1950



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