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active 1919-24

Florence Milson was the wife of Alfred G. Milson of Milson’s Point, Sydney, and was highly regarded by Harold Cazneaux, from whom she received lessons in 1919.

Presumably it was Cazneaux who nominated Mrs Milson in 1920 as the first (and only) lady member of the Sydney Camera Circle. By 1921 the circle minute book records that Mrs Milson was “deemed to have resigned for personal reasons”, although she continued exhibiting locally and in overseas salons until around 1924.

Mrs Milson made a visit to England around 1923 and was encouraged by F. J. Mortimer, the editor of The Amateur Photographer, with whose help she organised an exhibition of overseas pictorialists’ work for showing in Sydney and Melbourne in 1924.

Unfortunately, only a few of Mrs Milson’s photographs are known to have survived. Mrs Milson evidently gave up photography shortly after sending the pictorial exhibition to Australia.

above text based on Gaël Newton's Silver & Grey
Angus and Roberston, Australia 1980

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