In association with the National Gallery of Australia, research is being carried out to compile a biography of Charles George Greenham [1853-1925].
Greenham was a commercial photographer towards the end of the 19th century and early in the 20th century across southern Australia, based [chronologically] in Melbourne, Camperdown, Portland, Coolgardie, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle and Colac. For much of that time he worked with his wife Laura Greenham nee Evans, a photo-artist as well as a photographer.
Early in his career he operated a photographic business called ‘Herodotus Studios’. Herodotus, ancient Greek historian and philosopher, penned ‘Chances rule Men, not Men Chances’. Greenham lived that maxim; he did not create opportunity, but simply made the most of every prospect that presented itself.
Chance, and his reactions to it, meant his life was crammed with milestones, literally and metaphorically. Apart from the adventure of sailing from England to Australia as a child, Charles George Greenham: lived and worked in three states, married three times, had children, followed goldrushes and industrial booms, cultured a close friendship with explorer and politician Lord John Forrest , and won international prizes for his photography at the 1900 and 1908 Olympic Games Festivals.
Samples of his photographs are held by an array of international, national, state and regional public collection institutions and private archives, including: Cambridge University Library England, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, Western Australian State Library, State Library of New South Wales, Hunter Regional Library Newcastle, J Ward Museum Ararat, History House Portland, Colac Historical Society, Dartmoor District Museum, BHP Billiton and Ford Australia Archives.
People with information on the Greenham and Evans families or with photographs attributable to the various studios operated by the partnership are invited to contact the Museum.