The Bond Studio collection provides a charming, poignant and evolving snapshot of the Port Adelaide community. Even poor families could usually afford a single studio portrait and the collection provides insights into the demography of the Port. Subjects include children, sailors, soldiers, brides, mothers, dancing troupes and sports people, encompassing a spectrum of ages and ethnicities, vocations and recreations. The portraits document the changing fashions of the period and hint at international events such as World War and economic depression that impacted on the community. Some portraits are directly linked to events – celebrations, sporting competitions, anniversaries - in the Port and reflect the culture and ceremonial milestones that marked life in this unique community. The highly staged portraits with props and elaborate backdrops hint at the preciousness of a studio photograph to working class families and reflect on a period when photographs supplanted the painted portrait. Photographs were not meant to capture spontaneity but were records, to be treasured, of individuals at their very best.