ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0145 Thomas Halsey Photograph Collection

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HMSS 0145


Thomas Halsey Photograph Collection

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0.53m (1 manuscript box; 1 oversized box)

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Thomas Halsey was a public servant in the Commonwealth Department of Immigration. He migrated to Australia from Hungary in the late 1940s.

These four albums were donated to the ACT Heritage Library by Mrs Eva Hancock. The albums were given to Mrs Hancock by the ex-wife of Thomas Halsey, Alice Halsey, who appears in the photos in the early 1950s. Alice worked at CSIRO. The Halseys did not have any children and Mrs Halsey was in the process of discarding the albums when Mrs Hancock intervened. 

The albums contain family snapshots of Thomas Halsey as a young boy/man in his home country as well as many European holiday destinations.  Upon arrival in Australia and life in Canberra, he continued his love of photography, bush-walking, skiing and enjoying the landscape of the ACT and other holiday spots around New South Wales and the rest of Australia, including the Northern Territory.

The Photographs are black and white, small format and in good condition and of good quality. 

Box List

Box No. Description Dates


Photograph Albums - Book 1 Thomas Halsey as a young boy and growing up. It is possible (although unknown as there is no direct connection to the photographs, as collection owner is deceased) that the photographs also contain images of his family. The remainder of the photographs in Book 1 feature mainly European holiday destinations. No relevance to Canberra/ACT locations.

1912 – 1939


Photograph Albums - Book 2 has direct Canberra/ACT relevance. Earliest date of photographs is 1949 and the back of front cover includes images of his home in Ainslie. Other images in this Book include:

Black Mountain, Middle Cotter, Fishing Gap, Coppins Crossing, Burrinjuck Dam, images of Alice (his wife) at work at CSIRO. Also images of travels beyond ACT to the Blue Mountains. Other Canberra views include: Mugga Mugga, Mt. Majura, Red Hill, Ainslie House, Molonglo-Murrumbidgee, Uriarra Crossing, Gudgenby Homestead, Tumut-Wee Jasper, South Coast –Narooma, Tilba Tilba, Cotter Dam, Blundell’s Farm and Condor Creek

1949 – 1952


Photograph Albums - Book 3 has direct Canberra/ACT relevance but includes images around Australia and overseas. Local images include:

Gininderra Falls, Ainslie, inside Ainslie House, Old Canberra House, Brindabellas, Tidbinbilla, Cotter Dam, Burrinjuck Dam,

CSIRO at Black Mountain, Lennox Crossing, Kambah Pool,

Canberra Swords Club, plus other images taken on holidays around Australia and overseas.

1952 – 1963


Photograph Albums - Book 4 Begins with South Australia and Northern Territory images.

The remainder of Book 4 covers travel destinations to Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Africa and Europe.

1968 – 1974


Photograph Albums - Loose plastic sleeve includes a photograph of staff at the Australian Institute of Criminology, dated 10 1 – 4 June 1974 with a typed identification list.

Also a crowd photograph, no date, c1950s.

1950, 1974