This website is operated by Up and Running Computers Pty Ltd (ACN 88 009 554 910) trading as Beatties Digital Studio.
All images remain copyright of Beatties Digital Studio.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Do you have a photo of <something important to you>?
We have a search facility on the web site which can assist you in locating images of specific places that you may be interested in. We intend to digitise all 5000+ photos. To date, about 2500 are available, but we are working as fast as we can to complete the collection. We are happy to answer email about specific requests, but remember we are a "team" of two (William and John Stephenson), so replies may take some time. Also we are photographers, not historians. Most of the information about our photos has come from generous historians and members of the public. There was hardly any information about the photos saved after the fire, no index, no descriptions, no dates, just thousands of negatives in paper bags with a number written on the bag, sometimes. We love to hear from people who have information about our photos. Please use the contact page on this web site.
Did John Watt Beattie really take all these photos?
No. Beattie bought the studio from the Anson brothers who in turn had bought previous photographic businesses. The line of studios traces back to the 1840's. With each acquisition or transfer of the business, the collection of negatives was passed along. Also Beattie and the other studio owners had photographers that worked for them. Other photographers of note contributed images to what we call the Beatties Studio collection.
What quality can I expect from 100 year old photos?
Most of our collection is what we term 5 star. That means that it is a very clear and detailed photograph. Most have had significant work done to remove scratches, dust spots and other blemishes that were on the original negative. We remove as many of these blemishes as we can without degrading the antique experience. Some small marks may remain. Our 5 star images are at least as clear and detailed as any analogue print that Beatties Studio ever offered for sale.
We also have a number of 3 star images that are historically significant. These will have blemishes that have not been removed. The original negative may have been damaged (many have survived 2 fires) or the image may have been recovered from a print as the negative was lost. We believe these 3 star images are still valuable. As technology and budget allows, we will be seeking to improve them, but currently offer them in the best form we can.
What is the delivery time?
For Australian customers, we use Express Post. From our experience, most customers will receive their prints within 7 working days. Larger items may take longer.
International customers - A4 prints are despatched using Express Post International and we are told delivery is typically 10 days to major cities. Larger prints are sent International Air and we are told 14 day delivery is typical.
If I order a print does it have the "(c) Beatties Studio" watermark on it?
No. The watermark (in the centre) only displays on the web site, it does not appear on finished photographs. The "www.beattiesstudio.com" signature in the bottom left corner will appear. Analogue prints by John Watt Beattie and all subsequent Beatties Studio photographers were always signed. We have chosen to sign our prints in a similar manner.