Charles Kemp

Charles Kemp (1813 – 1864 ) sketcher, amateur photographer, teacher and clergyman
Rev. Charles Kemp was experimenting with photography before 1858, by which time he had invented ‘a very good apparatus for taking stereoscopic pictures’ reported a visiting English professional photographer, Frank Haes.  Haes thought this ‘the only novel contrivance invented in the colony worth recording’.

Charles Kemp was one of the colony`s leading Anglican laymen. He served on many church committees, both parochial and diocesan. He was for some time a churchwarden of Holy Trinity, Miller`s Point, and later when he moved his home to Macquarie Street of St James`s, King Street, then the principal Anglican church in Sydney. As a lay member of the Sydney Diocesan Committee, he took an active interest in the formation of new sees in New South Wales. He helped to found St Paul`s, the Anglican college within the University of Sydney in 1854 and later became a fellow.

Source : http://monumentaustralia.org.au/monument_display.php?id=23151

Reverend Charles C. Kemp was a sketcher, amateur photographer, teacher and clergyman. He is listed in Conrad Martens’s account book for July 1847 as having paid £7 for drawing lessons. In October Rev. Charles Kemp purchased a view of Sydney from Martens for 3 guineas and in December a view of Darling Point Road for 5 guineas.

Like many Anglican clergymen, Kemp ran a boys’ school to supplement his stipend. A.B. Spark’s stepson Henry Radford was a senior boarder with him from September 1851 and for six months in 1852 Spark’s eldest son, Alick, also attended the school.

Rev. Charles Kemp was experimenting with photography before 1858, by which time he had invented ‘a very good apparatus for taking stereoscopic pictures’ reported a visiting English professional photographer, Frank Haes. Haes thought this ‘the only novel contrivance invented in the colony worth recording’.

Source : http://www.daao.org.au/main/read/3670

Source of the the image above – St James, Bathurst Street, Pitt Town, NSW : http://www.hawkesbury.net.au/church/marriages/sjmr1835.html which includes St James Marriage Register 1835 – 1856

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