Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd executive Edgar Rouse, with his wife Mary Constance (aka "Muff") onboard a ship, circa 1925-1928.

It is unclear exactly when this photograph was taken. It may have been taken on a ship while travelling between Australian cities, however, the likely possibility is that this photograph shows Edgar and Muff leaving Australia by the ship 'Osterley' for England in April 1928, either in Sydney or at a stop in Perth. They were embarking on a world trip, and after 9 months away the couple sailed back to Sydney via America on the 'Niagara', arriving home on 8 December 1928.

Edgar Rouse became a Kodak managing director in late 1928, then in 1938, after his father John Joseph (JJ) Rouse died, Edgar became sole managing director of Kodak Australasia, succeeding his father, who had been a co-founder of Baker & Rouse and a founding managing director of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd.

Description of Content

Man and woman in formal outfits standing on deck of ship. Man is wearing a 3 piece suit and holding a cigarette while the woman is wearing a skirt and jacket, fur coat, necklace and hat.

Physical Description

Digital file. Digital copy of an original photograph which was sepia toned, portrait orientation with white border, and mounted in an album.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Kodak Heritage Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making, Home & Community

  • Person Depicted

    Mr Edgar J. Rouse - Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., 1925-1928
    This photo may be the couple departing Sydney for England, or at Perth enroute to England, on the Osterley. Photographs were often taken onboard the ship before departure as it was such a momentous occasion. It is unlikely to be on their homeward bound journey, as newspaper photographs of Edgar and Muff Rouse on board the Niagara on their return to Sydney from America in 1928 shows them in different clothes. See Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Monday 10 December 1928, page 8 or Sun (Sydney), Saturday 8 December 1928, page 1. There is also a possibility that the image may have been taken on a ship taking them to an Australian city instead of a world trip. The couple moved from Sydney to Perth in June 1924, (when Edgar became manager of Kodak's Perth branch until December 1926) so this image could be on board a ship taking them there or their return to Sydney.

  • Person Depicted

    Mrs Mary C. Rouse, 1925-1928

  • Individuals Identified

    Rouse, Edgar; Rouse, Mary Constance (Muff)

  • Format

    Digital Photograph, Sepia

  • Classification

    Domestic life, Residential buildings, Exteriors

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • References

    (Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), Sunday 1 April 1928, page 52); Truth (Perth, WA : 1903 - 1931), Sunday 29 April 1928, page 11; (Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), Sunday 22 July 1928, page 20); Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), Saturday 8 December 1928, page 13 (Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), Saturday 8 December 1928, page 7) (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954); Sun, Saturday 8 December 1928, page 1; Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), Monday 10 December 1928, page 8; Truth (Perth, WA : 1903 - 1931), Sunday 2 February 1930, page 8; Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), Tuesday 29 April 1924, page 5; Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), Saturday 19 December 1925, page 7.

  • Keywords

    Photography, Families, Ships, Holidays, Travel, Executives, Business Management