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Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Self portrait of Harriett Brims, early Queensland photographer, ca. 1890'

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Self portrait of Harriett Brims, early Queensland photographer, ca. 1890

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1890
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Harriett Brims (nee Elliott) was born in Yandila, Queensland, in 1864. She married Donald Gray Brims in November 1881, and had five children between 1882 and 1890. The family moved to Ingham in 1894, and within a few years Brims had established herself as a professional photographer, first listed in Pugh's Trade Directory as proprietor of the 'Britannia Studios' at Ingham in 1902. She moved her operations to Mareeba in 1903, and later worked as a photographer in Chillagoe, Irvinebank and Watsonville, near Herberton. In 1914 the family moved to Milton, Brisbane, where her husband established D. G. Brims and Sons joinery, at which time Harriett Brims ceased to practice commercial photography, confining her activities to recording local sights, family and friends. (Information taken from: Joan Kerr (ed), Heritage : the national women's art book : 500 works by 500 Australian women from colonial times to 1955, 1995).

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Portraits (open in new window) photo collection.