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Welcome to Thornton Richards Camera House

In-Store Print Times Ready Time
Prints up to 8 x 12" Ready in 1 hour
Prints up to 12 x 18" Ready in 24 hours
Prints up to 24 x 36" Ready in 24 hours
Photobooks & Calendars Ready in 48 hours
Canvas Prints - Ready to Hang Ready in 72 hours
Greeting Cards & Christmas Cards Ready in 24 hours
Photo Gifts ie. Mugs & T-shirts Ready in 72 hours
Photo Restoration Ready in 72 hours
Film Processing Ready in 1 hour

This is the oldest camera store in the country, opening the doors in 1872 on the gold fields. We have only had 3 owners, George Richards, Phil Thornton and the current owners the Lewis family. The company has continued to evolve from primarily a studio through to cameras and processing and a commercial lab in the 1970s. We now stock a wide range of photographic equipment and process for many proffessionals in our area. We endeavour to provide personalised service and up to date information. The store's atmosphere is calm, proffessional and friendly.

We offer products from Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, FujiFilm, Samsung, Ricoh, JVC, Sanyo, Tamron, Sigma, Lowepro, Bushnell, Manfrotto, Flip (Cisco), Matin, Joby, Metz and Optex.

We are members of PICA, DIMA and the PMA and were awarded Camera House Rex Alexander Store of the year 1981 and 2001, we were also Ballarat Chamber of commerce finalists in 2003+2005.

Our services include:

  • Photo Restoration
  • Image Recovery
  • Media Transfer eg tape to DVD
  • Bulk Photo Scanning
  • Image Editing
  • Camera Service/Repairs
  • Print from Slides
  • Frames
  • Photographic Training
  • Passport Photos
  • Slides to DVD
  • Video Editing
  • Studio Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Burn to CD
  • Sensor Cleaning
  • Image Recovery.
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416 Sturt Street
Ballarat VIC 3350
Ph: +61 3 5331 1633
Fax: +61 3 5332 2488

Trading Hours
Monday 8.30 - 5.30
Tuesday 8.30 - 5.30
Wednesday 8.30 - 5.30
Thursday 8.30 - 5.30
Friday 8.30 - 5.30
Saturday 9.00 - 4.00

Gerrard Lewis

Proprietor | Degree

What makes your job rewarding?

Being appreciated by customers and staff.

What's your favourite camera?

Nikon D700.

What's your passion for photography?

Capturing the exact right moment.


I love having the right equipment to get the best result.  I love capturing emotion and preserving it for a lifetime.