Thomas C Champion. 1800-1887
19th century photographer.
East Brent and NSW Australia
THOMAS CHAMPION was born 1800 in East Brent, SOMERSET ( son of Edward Champion & Anne Naish). He immigrated to Australia 23.3.1842 aboard "Andromachie". He was married at St.Paul's London to HARRIETT WOODROUGH born 20.2.1805 London (daughter of John & Elizabeth Woodrough). She died 31.12.1887 at Windsor, just after Thomas. Thomas died 12.6.1887 Parramatta, and is buried at St.Matthews, Windsor, just across the road from his studio.
Thomas C.Champion was an early photographer who appears to have spent time in several locations, including Sydney, Windsor, & Tamworth in New South Wales, and Shrewsbury in England. T.C.C. was meticulous in labelling his photos, often with year, month, and day of sitting; relationship of the subject to himself; and their age (sometimes down to the 1/4 year!). This makes the Champion album a valuable resource as an aid to dating photos of the period by fashions, type and quality of carte, photographer's details, etc. A typical example is the back of this self portrait, taken on his 70th birthday, which I recently came by (it having been separated from the album for some years)
Greg. Munro. NSW Australia.