About Adolphus

Adolphus-VereyAdolphus Verey was born in Melbourne in 1862, the fifth of seven children of English parents, Thomas Verey and Harriet Lovelock Verey. The last of the children were born at Daylesford, where the family had moved at some stage between 1862 and 1864 and where the parents and at least one of Adolphus’s brothers would stay for the rest of their lives.

Adolphus learned the photographic trade at a Melbourne firm and travelled around Victoria working as a photographer before coming to Castlemaine to establish his studio in 1883. He rented the premises on the corner of Barker and Lyttleton Streets from Wherrett, also a photographer. The Verey business would remain on that site until its closure in 1955. The building still bears the Verey name. Adolphus bought the premises on Wherrett’s death in the first years of the twentieth century and renovated them to a standard that the 1903 Cyclopaedia of Victoria described as, ‘… a first-class studio, with appointments equal to any outside of Melbourne.’

For the first seven years, Adolphus was in partnership with his eldest brother, Frederick, as Verey Brothers. By 1891 the business of Verey Brothers, photographers was operating at Daylesford and the Castlemaine business had been renamed A. Verey and Co. It is difficult to tell how much Adolphus was involved with the business at Daylesford but it is certainly clear that he operated the Castlemaine business throughout. The Daylesford part of the Verey family were also involved in sawmilling and undertaking and by 1899, Verey Bros were no longer running a photographic studio in Daylesford.

Adolphus married Sophia Emma Clark in Castlemaine in 1886 and they lived at Roseneath House on Campbell Street, the second house north-west of the corner of Hargreaves Street (one of the two buildings which form the present day Campbell Lodge). Their first child, Winifred, was born the following year and five more children over the next seventeen years. Adolphus Verey was an active member of the Castlemaine community with involvements that we know of in the Congregational Church, the Independent Order of Rechabites Lodge and the Castlemaine Benevolent Asylum.

Verey-line-drawingFlorence, the second youngest child, worked with her father as colourist, adding pigment to the developed photographs to give a blush to the cheeks and a rose to the lips. Winifred’s son, Gordon Jones, remembers that the eldest son, Leslie, was expected by his father to take over the family business although it was a role for which he had no real enthusiasm. Les Verey nevertheless did leave school at the end of Year 10 to join the business, taking most of the photographs in the 1920s and 1930s and running the business after Adolphus died in 1933 at the age of seventy. Les continued to run the business until 1948 after which it continued under the name of A. Verey and Co until 1955. After Leslie sold up in 1948, the business operated under the management of Allan Studios. In 1954 Ken C. Hammett, photographer, bought the business and then in 1964 David Baillie, chemist, bought the building which still operates as a pharmacy.