Charles Edward Bruges Hammond was born in London in 1870. He left home at fifteen, sailing to New Zealand and Australia. For some years he moved between England and Australia finally settling in Belgrave, Victoria. He recorded his experiences in several sketch books which the Library holds.
The sketchbooks contain watercolours, photographs, clippings and detailed inscriptions of his life, family and times. He traveled widely throughout Victoria and produced landscapes of many areas such as Tecoma, Fernshawe, Healesville, Glen Waverley, Upwey, Sassafras, Belgrave, and Monbulk.
Chestnuts in autumn, Kallista, Vic. May 1935, H90.73/8
In 1897 he sketched the biggest fire seen in Melbourne up to that time. The illustration featured in newspapers and magazines all around the world.
[A few minutes later…sketching the biggest fire in the history of Melbourne]; Sketchbook no. 3 (page 74), H90.72/3
For many years Hammond worked on commissions from leading newspapers and magazines, illustrating major events including the Spanish-American War and the Boer War. Between 1900 and 1910 he produced a series of postcards based on the poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon and “Banjo” Patterson. At the time of his death Charles Hammond was very well known locally as an artist and photographer. He died in 1953 in Tecoma in the Dandenongs, Victoria.
She-Oak, Lorne; taken from Illustrated Diary no. 6 (page 12), H90.73/1
The first hut, built of bush saplings; taken from Sketchbook containing watercolours, drawings, photographs…(page 8), H90.72/7