The Possum Greene Collection

Title

The Possum Greene Collection

Date

1923 - 1976

Description

The Alfred 'Possum' Greene Collection is a remarkable personal record of over 3000 photographic prints and negatives, most of which document Greene's surroundings during his life in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains region during the 1950s and 1960s.

Photography appears to have been a lasting passion with Greene. The entire collection dates from 1923. He arrived in Australia from England in 1924 and worked on properties in central Queensland before moving to the Tumut area in the 1930s.

He was meticulous in the documentation of his photographs. On the reverse side of each print Greene wrote a description of the scene, the date, time, weather conditions and even the aperture of his camera.

Identifier

RW1247

Items in the The Possum Greene Collection Collection

Jack Bridles' Service Station, Talbingo
From the reverse side of print: "Jack Bridles' Service Station - Talbingo. Wed. 23rd April 1958. 12.45 p.m. Sun/50X16/F.50½ - with Stan Norris".

Old Stone House, Morris Creek (near Talbingo)
From the reverse side of print: "Old stone & mud house - Morris Creek - nr. Talbingo. Wed. 23rd April 1958. 10.05 a.m. Sun/50X11¾/F.25¾ (Tommy Morris)".

Flying Fox at Lobb's Hole
From the reverse side of print: "Flying Fox, below camp, Lobb's Hole. Sat. 8th March 1958. 2.50 p.m. Dull -no sun/25X11/F.50".

Brown's Saw Mill, Bago Forest
From the reverse side of print: "V. Pan/50X10/cloudy - no sun - like rain. Brown's Saw Mill, Bago Forest, from North West, five miles from Buddong Falls on the Buddong Road. Hardwood timber is cut here. Snow was still lying on shaded side of mill…

Snowy River Camp, Talbingo
From the reverse side of print: "Myself & Laurie Pearce (Sydney) at Snowy River Camp, Dog proof Fence, Talbingo. Sulky fishing trip with Norman Learmont. Laurie arrived with Terry, his son, just as I was leaving to go back to Tumut. I stayed a few…

Wishing pool at Cotter River Kiosk, Canberra
From the reverse side of print: "The Wishing Pool - the Kiosk Tea Gardens - Cotter River - Canberra. Myself. Coins are thrown into pool in aid of Legacy Club. Sund. 28th Nov. 1948. Clear - early morning".

The Kiosk at Cotter River, Canberra
From the reverse side of print: "The Kiosk - Cotter River - Canberra. Cars waiting to take competitors out on fishing competition between Canberra & Tumut Clubs. Sund. 28th Nov. 1948. Clear - early morning".

Little Peppercorn Hut
From the reverse side of print: "Wally at door of Little Peppercorn Hut. Spent six nights here. Black dingo about - heard him one night. Tucker lasting out well. Wally had cold - dosed him with eucalyptus leaves, aspros & Eichorn's. Cleared it up.…

Bridge over Murrumbidgee River, Kelly's Plain Track
From the reverse side of print: "First bridge over Murrumbidgee River on Kelly's Plain track, below Rules' Point. Wally on bridge, which has been badly knocked about in recent years by floods. Tourists in background. Tues. 10th Jan. 1956. 9.20 a.m.…

Big Peppercorn Hut
From the reverse side of print: "Big Peppercorn Hut, taken on way back to Cooinbil, after leaving Little Peppercorn Hut in morning. Beatrice Franklin - tourist guide from Canberra (Brindabella) - camped here with party. Packing up to leave for…

Prowse's Hut, Rules Point
From the reverse side of print: "Prowse's Hut, Rules Point. Leaving to fish Tantangara Creek. Norman & Mick Learmont, Johnny Burt & Clem. Great catch. Weather cool. Sund. Oct. 7th 1950. 6.30 a.m. Clear"

Snowy River Hydro Camp water meter, Wallace's Creek
From the reverse side of print: "Roger Learmont on steps of water meter at old Snowy River Hydro camp, vicinity Wallace's Creek - Ravine. Rain clouds coming up - a few spits in afternoon. Rained hard at 3.00 a.m. following morning - clearing after…

Cable Suspension Bridge across Yarrangobilly River, Wallace's Creek
From the reverse side of print: "Roger Learmont on cable suspension bridge across Yarrangobilly River, vicinity Wallace's Creek and old Snowy River Hydro camp. River level good, but no fish. 2nd trip in Norm's old Dodge into Ravine. Sund. 24th Oct.…

Harris' Hut
From the reverse side of print: "Leaving Harris's Hut for Cooinbil. Norm shot a sheep on way to Harris' from Coolamine as we were out of meat. Meat lasted until we reached Tumut. Raining very heavily when we reached hut. Hard & slippery pull for…

View of Goobragandra River at Greasy Macs
From the reverse side of print: "View upstream from bridge over Goobragandra River at Greasy Macs. Place takes its name from family named MacNamara who used to live here once. Quinces and damsons grow here wild very prolifically. Mond. 17th Dec.…

Bogged, near Goobarragandra Station
From the reverse side of print: "Bogged on way to Greasy Macs between reserve and Jack Cribbs' (Goobra Stn.). Spring had broken out underneath road, following record wet winter. Truck dislodged portion of corduroy, and front wheel went off into…

Stokes' Hut, near Goobarragandra River
From the reverse side of print: "Jack Venables' (Stokes') Hut - general view - up Goobra River. Tues. 23rd May 1961. 8.50 a.m. Sun/50X16/F.Inf.".

Jack Venables stripping branches for eucalyptus still
From the reverse side of print:"Jack Venables stripping branches for eucalyptus still. Mond. 22nd May 1961. 1.45 p.m. Dull - no sun/25X11/F.20".

Car driving through mob of sheep, near Talbingo
From the reverse side of print: "Lindley's sheep at Morris Creek - nr. Talbingo. Wed. 23rd April 1958. 11.17 a.m. low sun/50X16/F.50

Pether's Hut, Rings Creek
From the reverse side of print: "Harry Pether's old hut on Rings Creek, seen from north east, with my camp in left foreground - bush shelter overfly. Hut now disused, with a bad lean towards creek. Probably over 30 years old. Kangaroos about - their…

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