This is a collection of 5 captioned postcards, each depicting
the "Murrayfield" property, and in particular the cider works,
and apple and apricot orchards. The printing credit on the rear
reads: F.W.N. & Co. Printed in Melbourne.
The rear of one of the cards has the number '1920' written in
pencil (year 1920?).
The cards measure 140 x 90 mm (5.5 x 3.5 inches). The postcards
are reproductions of apparently hand-painted photographs. The
rear of the postcards is printed in green ink.
F.W.N. & Co Melbourne was likely, I believe, the
photolithography business at 40-42 Flinders Street Melbourne of
Francis Wilson Niven. Niven was born in Dublin Ireland in 1831
and arrived in Melbourne in 1852. He went to the Ballarat
goldfields and it seems that after venturing his hand at mining,
established a lithographic business by about 1859, and later
expanded to Melbourne around 1901. Niven died late 1905, and the
Melbourne business was carried on by his son Henry Ninian Niven
and eventually sold.
"A Seed of Consequence - Indirect Image Transfer and
Chemical Printing - The Role Played by Lithography in the
Development of Printing Technology", © David Bryans 24 Oct
2000 - Chapters 7 & 8.
Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria Australia
This thesis is available as a
downloadable PDF document. Note: the download is very large