Ebenezer COOKE

A report of the South Australia Photographic Society’s conversazione held in September 1898 said, ‘The Audit Commissioner, Mr Ebenezer Cooke, evidently makes a specialty of colouring photos, and his work, which was much admired, gave evidence of the delicate touch of a master.’ He had previously showed ‘three large painted photographs’ in 1893, and ‘coloured photographs’ in 1894 and 1895. In 1894 he delivered a two-part lecture, ‘The Influence of Photography on the Progress of Art’, at the June and August meetings of the Society.

Ebenezer Cooke was born in London on 14 May 1832, arrived in South Australia in 1862, and died in Adelaide on 7 May 1907.