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Robinson, Miss

Professional photographer


Miss Robinson was the manager and proprietor of the Melbourne branch of an American photography firm which operated in the 1860s.


Little is known of Miss Robinson prior to her work at the American photography firm Tuttle & Co's Melbourne branch, where she employed 25 staff.

The theatrical photograph Nellie Stewart, Ida Osborne and Little Forde in the First Australian Performance of 'The Mikado' is attributed to Tuttle & Co, 1886. The three actresses appear dressed in oriental dress, posing as Japanese women. The image has a strong Orientalist quality, drawing from the West's stereotypical depictions of Asian people that were prevalent during the time.


Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales


1860s -
Active as professional photographer

Sources used to compile this entry: Kerr, Joan, 'Miss Robinson', in Kerr, Joan (ed.), Heritage: The National Women's Art Book, Craftsman House, Roseville East, NSW, 1995.

Digital resources

Portrait of Alice and Maggie
c. 1883 - c. 1891
Robinson, Miss
H2005.34/2679 & H2005.34/2680.
State Library of Victoria


Anne Maxwell (with Morfia Grondas and Lucy Van)

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