Tom Lennon Photographic Collection
The archive of the Sydney commercial photographer Tom Lennon contains approximately 1800 images dating from 1927 to 1949.
Tom Lennon was a commercial and portrait photographer with a studio on Victoria Road, Drummoyne, Sydney, during the 1930s and 1940s. This archive contains images mostly in the format of glass plate negatives, although there are also film negatives and photographic prints. The images taken by Lennon document Sydney during this time, particularly the social activities of Sydneysiders. The images are mostly of balls and dinners held in Sydney, but also include weddings, funerals, work events, parties, portraits, pets, fashion, horse races, and various places and events in Sydney. The majority of balls and dinners in the photos were held at Mark Foy's Empress Ballroom. Other venues include: Farmers Blaxland Galleries, Granville Town Hall, Hordern Brothers, Jack Keating Dance Studio, Oddfellows Hall, St George's Hall at Newtown, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney Town Hall, the Trocadero, and University of Sydney's Great Hall. In 1955 Lennon moved to Wagga Wagga where he worked as photographer for the Daily Advertiser for 20 years. An extensive collection of his work during his Wagga period is held at the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives.
By appointment - Powerhouse Museum Archives
A selection of material is available on the Powerhouse Museum Website
Commercial photography; Social events
Glass plate negatives; Photographs
Mark Foys; Tom Lennon
Sydney, New South Wales