Staff party with a difference

Renowned Sydney photographer and 20th century identity Monte Luke established his central Sydney photography studio in 1920. Always part of the Sydney social scene – whether as a guest, the photographer or both – Monte was also quite the host. Even his staff parties were a gala occasion. I recently found this invitation to the 1928 Monte Luke Studio Staff …

William Dobell – from window washer to knight of the realm

The file holding this portrait of the great Australian artist, Sir William Dobell, taken by Monte Luke studio on October 28, 1957 is simply marked “Bill Dobell.” Dobell, who would not be knighted until almost a decade later in 1966, came from humble circumstances and as the seventh child of a Newcastle bricklayer was never one for pomp and ceremony. …