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Verey, Adolphus (1862 - 1933)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Born in Melbourne 1862, the fifth of seven children of English parents (Thomas Verey and Harriet Lovelock Verey). Adolphus learned the photographic trade at a Melbourne firm and travelled around Victoria working as a photographer before establishing his Castlemaine studio on the corner of Barker and Lyttleton Streets in 1883. For the first seven years, Adolphus worked in partnership with his eldest brother, Frederick, as Verey Brothers but by 1891 the business had been renamed A. Verey and Co. Adolphus married Sophia Clark, daughter of neighbouring grocer, in 1886 and they lived at Roseneath House in Campbell Street, Castlemaine. Six children were born over the next seventeen years. Verey was active in the Congregational Church, the Independent Order of Rechabites Lodge and the management of the Castlemaine Benevolent Asylum. Florence, the second youngest child, worked with her father as colourist. The eldest son, Leslie also joined the business, taking most of the photographs in the 1920s and 1930s and running the business after Adolphus’s death in 1933 at the age of seventy. Les Verey conducted the business until 1948 after which it continued under the name of A. Verey and Co until 1955.

Heather Holst

Smith, James (ed.), The Cyclopedia of Victoria : an historical and commercial review, descriptive and biographical facts, figures and illustrations, an epitome of progress, Cyclopedia Company, Melbourne, 1905. Details