One of approximately 85,000 negatives from the Laurie Richards Collection taken by the Melbourne based Laurie Richards Studio between the 1950s -1970s.

Laurie Richards was a professional photographer who began his career as a photo-journalist, working for the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, and the Argus and the Herald newspapers in Melbourne. In 1953, he opened his own business and set up a photographic studio at his home at 4 Tower Avenue, Alphington, an inner suburb of Melbourne. At its peak, in the late 1960s, the Laurie Richards Studio was one of Melbourne's pre-eminent commercial photographic studios, employing twelve photographers. The Laurie Richards Studio worked mainly in advertising and public relations, and had a broad clientele which included commercial companies, government institutions and the entertainment industry.

Swallow & Ariell Ltd have a long standing history in Melbourne and can be connected with the Melbourne international exhibitions of 1880 and 1888. This Australian Biscuit Company was established in 1854 and was based in Port Melbourne. The company set up their exhibit at the Melbourne Centennial Internationa Exhibition in the Victorian Machinery Annexe, on the eastern side of the New South Wales Court, and was open to visitors throughout the duration of the exhibition from 1:00pm until 10:00pm, daily.

Description of Content

Promotional image showing three male employees with trays of biscuits at the Swallow & Ariell biscuit factory.

Physical Description

Black and white cellulose acetate negative.

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