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Annie May Moore (1881–1931)

from Week

One of the most successful women photographers south of the equator, May Moore, is dead. Her name has been a household word. She has taken the photograph of every celebrity who has visited Sydney and she has won the hearts of a legion of friends. The big studios in King Street made a meeting place for the procession of those who had been or were to be caught in the mesh of May Moore's magic camera. Mrs. Wilkes in private life, and born in New Zealand, she was trained in the best art schools. May Moore commercialised her art and gave up the luxury of painting miniatures for the bread and butter work of the camera. Her calm and restful personality, fine face with its great coils of golden brown hair going grey in later years, and the serene dignity of her Junoesque figure were combined with the warmth of a generous nature that helped many lame pups over hurdles. May Moore will never die in the memories of those who loved her.

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'Moore, Annie May (1881–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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May Moore, n.d.

May Moore, n.d.

State Library of Victoria, 49382343

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Wilkes, May

4 January, 1881
Wainui, New Zealand


10 June, 1931 (aged 50)
Pittwater, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (not specified)

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