born circa 1823
arrived NZ 1859
died 28 October 1888 at his residence 3 Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, London
aged 65 years
succeeded James Wilson, Dunedin March 1860
Marriages Dec 1849
Heath Emma Bath 117
Meluish William Bath 117
Photography. — There are now two establishments open in town for the practise of photography, and in both of them some very good specimens of this interesting art may be seen. Messrs. Oxley and Lane exhibit some very good portraits of both ladies and gentlemen, including many of our Nelson celebrities; and there is a series of four pictures under the title of "A game at Cards," the originality of design and skilful execution of which are worthy of praise. At Mr. Meluish's establishment is also to be seen some very good specimens, including several capital portraits and various parts of the town. The portraits of some of the Maori chiefs are exceedingly good.
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVIII, 5 March 1859, Page 2
Photographic Views of Nelson.— There are, at present, on view at the establishment of Mr. Meluish, a series of well executed views of the town of Nelson from various points; and as they are taken by the Talbotype process, upon cards, they can easily be sent home through the post to those friends who may be desirous of some knowledge of the picturesque scenes of "the land we live in."
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XVIII, Issue 59, 23 July 1859, Page 2
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIX, Issue 16, 25 February 1860, Page 1
Otago Witness, Issue 434, 24 March 1860, Page 4
Views of Dunedin.— We draw the attention of the public of Otago to some very excellent photographic views of the town of Dunedin and the Harbour, taken by Mr. Meluish, who arrived here some few months since. He has also taken some views of remarkably pretty spots on the Water of Leith, and in the bush around Dunedin, which are prepared for the stereoscope. We do not know of any more agreeable present which persons in Otago could make to their friends at home than these views, the prices of which are moderate; and it is not possible to convey by any description so accurate an idea of the country. Mr. Meluish will take views which any person may select, so that we may send home actual copies of the houses we live in. A view of the residence of Captain Cargill is excellent, and is a fair sample of what may be obtained. A panoramic view of Dunedin is in preparation, and we think that it would be well for the Government, or for a given number of spirited individuals to have some views of the choicest and most picturesque spots taken for the purpose of transmitting them to the home country and the emigration agents.
We perceive that Mr. Meluish, photographic artist, of this town, has published an excellent photograph of the members of the late Presbyterian Conference. The likenesses are admirable, and in the centre of the group stands a most striking portrait, of the venerable President of the Conference, the .Rev. Dr. Burns, while above and below him are Messrs. Bannerman and Wills, the other members of the Conference being ranged around them. Altogether, it forms a very handsome souvenir of a most interesting event.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 42, 3 January 1862, Page 2
Old Dunedin residents will learn with regret of the death of Mr William Meluish, who will be well remembered as carrying on a photographic business in Princes street for many years. Mr Meluish died at his residence, 3 Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, London, on the 28th October last, of paralysis. Mr Meluish arrived in Dunedin in 1859, and commenced business in a shop on the site now occupied by the Australian Mutual Provident Society's new premises. Mrs Meluish was a most able assistant to her husband in his business, and took a very active part in it. They took many "Old Dunedin" views, numbers of which are still great favourites of the public, and the negatives of which are now in the possession of Mr F. A. Coxhead.
Otago Witness, Issue 1941, 31 January 1889, Page 11
Dunedin, Jan. 29.
Advice has been received of the death in England of Mr Wm. Melhuish (sic), photographer, one of the old identities.
Southland Times, Issue 10077, 30 January 1889, Page 2
registration of Death
Deaths reg. Dec 1888 William Meluish aged 65 yrs Lambeth vol. 1d page 338