Prisoner John FUNT

The NLA carte-de-visite
This duplicate of Thomas Nevin's original photograph of prisoner John Funt, taken on discharge in 1875, was deposited at the National Library of Australia in the 1960s. Another cdv of John Funt is held at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania.

NLA Catalogue (incorrect information)
PIC P1029/15 LOC Album 935/nla.obj-142916515
John Funt, per Hydrabad 3, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]

Carte-de-visite of John Funt numbered "97" on recto
QVMAG Ref: QVM: 1985:P:104
Photographer: T. J. Nevin

A paper copy of the QVMAG cdv is held at the Archives Office Tasmania
Webshot of page at the Archives Office of Tasmania

Webshot of page at the Archives Office of Tasmania

The QVMAG prints
This is an original print from Thomas J. Nevin's original glass negative taken in 1875. It was one of forty original prints from his negatives which were collated onto three panels and displayed for sale in John Watt Beattie's catalogue, 1916.

Prisoner John Funt, bottom row, fourth from left
Forty prints of 1870s Tasmania prisoners in three panels
Original prints of negatives by T. J. Nevin 1870s
Reprints by J. W. Beattie ca. 1915
QVMAG Collection: Ref : 1983_p_0163-0176

[Above]" Black and white print from T. J. Nevin's original negative of John Funt 1875 reproduced minus scratches and cracks in the 1980s at the QVMAG.


John Funt was photographed by T. J. Nevin on discharge from the Hobart Town Gaol on 3 February, 1875. Funt was sentenced to 10 years for robbery on 17 October 1867. On discharge in 1875 he was 60 yrs old.

At the Archives Office Tasmania -

Funt, John
Record Type:Convicts
Departure date:13 Sep 1850
Departure port:Queenstown
Ship:Hyderabad (3)
Voyage number:332
Index number:25214
Record ID:NAME_INDEXES:1393943

TAHO prisoner John Funt LINK

Australia's first MUGSHOTS


Below each image held at the National Library of Australia is their catalogue batch edit which gives the false impression that all these "convict portraits" were taken because these men were transported convicts per se (i.e before cessation in 1853), and that they might have been photographed as a one-off amateur portfolio by a prison official at the Port Arthur prison in 1874, which they were not. Any reference to the Port Arthur prison official A. H. Boyd on the NLA catalogue records is an error, a PARASITIC ATTRIBUTION with no basis in fact. The men in these images were photographed in the 1870s-1880s because they were repeatedly sentenced as habitual offenders whose mugshots were taken on arrest, trial, arraignment, incarceration and/or discharge by government contractor, police and prisons photographer T. J. Nevin at the Supreme Court and adjoining Hobart Gaol with his brother Constable John Nevin, and at the Municipal Police Office, Hobart Town Hall when appearing at The Mayor's Court. The Nevin brothers photographed more than 2000 prisoners, the bulk now lost or destroyed. These extant mugshots were the random estrays salvaged - and reproduced in many instances- for sale at Beattie's local convictaria museum in Hobart and at interstate exhibitions associated with the fake convict ship Success in the early 1900s. The mugshots were selected on the basis of the prisoner's notoriety from the Supreme Court trial registers (Rough Calendar), the Habitual Criminals Registers (Gaol Photo Books), warrant forms, and police gazettes records of the 1870s-1880s. The earliest taken on government contract by T. J. Nevin date from 1872. The police records sourced here are from the weekly police gazettes which were called (until 1884) Tasmania Reports of Crime Information for Police 1871-1885. J. Barnard, Gov't Printer.