The People of Gibraltar
1861 - Benjamin Browning - Gibraltar - The Introduction



The Rock of Gibraltar     (1861 - Henry Stratton  Bush)

Trawling the net for pictorial material to use on my illustrated essays on the history of Gibraltar has occupied me for many a year - a consequence of which is that as time passes it has become more and more difficult to find suitable material. 

However . . .  in November 2018 I came across an album of photographs compiled by an amateur photographer called Benjamin Browning which included several taken in Gibraltar. Although the photos were not extraordinarily exciting, they were of considerable historical interest as they had apparently been taken as early as 1861 - in other words among the earliest ever taken.


Benjamin Browning and his wife Mary Frances nee Dansey     (1861)

I shared my find with my good friend Alex Panayotti who immediately set about researching the identity of the photographer using his almost infinite resources and time. As a result we arrived at a tentative conclusion - not a perfect one but it would have to do. I suggested that what he had found out and manipulated into some sort of order was as good as it would get. It was time for me to write my essay.  His response was that I should go ahead and write my “novella”.

I did. Unfortunately further research and subsequent conclusions have shown that the original essay did indeed qualify as a work of fiction - or novella as Alex so succinctly put it. I should of course have wiped out the old and in with the new, but I thought it might be fun to publish both the original version and the corrected one so that anybody so inclined might be able to understand why we made so many mistakes.


1861 - Benjamin Browning - Gibraltar - The Novella
1861 - Benjamin Browning - Gibraltar - The Facts
1861 - Benjamin Browning - Gibraltar - The Photos