TMA in the News

Port Stephens Examiner

"Ray Alley photo collection donated to museum"

Charlie Elias

13th August 2020

Ray Alley was a prominent photographer in Port Stephens before his death in 2014. Mr Alley was well-known for taking photographs of whales and dolphins that were used by media outlets across the world.


The Alley family has donated his collection of photographs from nearly 50 years of work to the Association to be preserved for future generations. The family was represented by photographer's son and daughter, Matthew and Jordyn Alley, at a formal presentation of the collection. Speaking on behalf of the family, Matthew Alley, of Anna Bay, said that he hoped the collection would honour his father in a way that celebrates the many memories he created over nearly 50 years as a Bay photographer

The late Ray Alley

Matthew and Jordan Alley with John Clarke

John Clarke said he was thrilled to accept the thousands of prints and negatives - "As an organisation we feel very privileged to be entrusted with such a magnificent reflection of Port Stephens”. 


Jordyn and Matthew Alley were presented with honorary lifetime Tomaree Museum Association memberships by John Clarke at Shoal Bay.


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