Foy Bros

Foy Bros
James Joseph Foy and Joseph Michael Foy

James Joseph Foy
born 7 October 1844 (5)
registered Dec 1844 East London vol. 2 page 206
son of James Foy (4), carpenter and Mary Ann Daniels
died 17 January 1890 aged 45 years (1) at Pollen Street, Thames
reg. 1890/318
buried 19 January 1890 plot 2300, Shortland Cemetery, Thames (5).

Jane Brady
registered 1874/8710
buried 24 May 1921 plot 2779, Shortland Cemetery, Thames aged 77 years (5).

Joseph Michael Foy
born circa 1847 London, England
registered Mar 1847 London vol. 2 page 181
son of James Foy, carpenter and Mary Ann Daniels
died 2 or 3 April (2) 1923 aged 76 years reg. 1923/3967

married 1stly about 1875
Mary McMahon
registered 1875/2526
she died 15 February 1877
at the residence of her parents, Onehunga, aged 21 years (3)

he married 2ndly
Maria Woods
registered 1879/1775

Mr. J. M. Foy
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District] 1902
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

We are pleased to learn that the fine arts will be found amongst the Thames exhibits at the Sydney Exhibition. The Rev. R. Laishley has determined to exhibit his splendid oil-painting, "The Finding of Rufus," and Messrs Foy Bros., the well-known artist photographers, have applied for 25 square feet of wall space for the exhibition of photographs of Thames scenery, and objects of interest.
Thames Star, Volume X, Issue 3200, 22 May 1879, Page 2

A lady correspondent of the Herald writing upon the Sydney Exhibition speaks of Foy Bros', photos:—A few photographs of New Zealand natives are shewn by Foy Brothers, of the Thames. The aboriginal women of New Zealand, unlike these of Australia, appear to have magnificent hair. The photos, in question shew two or three women with hair hanging down their backs in massive waves — very different from our wooly-pated squaws.

Whilst on the subject of New Zealand natives, mention may as well be made of a charming picture of a Maori girl. This cannot fail to excite the admiration of those who give it attention. The picture referred to is probably the one painted by the Rev. Mr Laishley, of this town.
Thames Star, Volume X, Issue 3366, 6 October 1879, Page 2

Thames Star, Volume X, Issue 3432, 22 December 1879, Page 3

Messrs Foy Bros, announce that the alterations to their photographic studio are now completed. At great expense the sitting room has been lengthened and relighted, both giving increased facilities to the operator, and comfort to the sitter. The largest sized lens can now be brought into work, and groups of half a dozen or more persons can be taken with ease. The arrangements will enable Messrs Foy Bros, to finish their pictures in the latest and most approved style of art.
Thames Star, Volume XI, Issue 3706, 10 November 1880, Page 2

Thames Star, Volume XI, Issue 3707, 11 November 1880, Page 3
(this notice first appeared in the Thames Star on 10 November 1880)

Messrs Foy Bros. have now on view at their shop a series of views of the Mountain of Te Aroha, the township, the Prospectors' Claim, and other places of note in that district. The views are worthy of inspection, and persons wishing to give friends at a distance, time idea of the appearance of the country cannot do better than purchase of the first views taken of the district, and now on sale at Foy Bros.' establishment.
Thames Star, Volume XI, Issue 3744, 24 December 1880, Page 2

A very pleasant hour may be passed at the establishment of Messrs Foy Bros., photographers, Pollen street, in inspecting the very large and well arranged collection of photographs. Within the last few months the proprietors have gone to a deal of expense, and their rooms are now the most complete and best arranged for photographic purposes in this province. By the way, the gallery is constructed so as photos can be taken in dull weather, and ladies and children especially are saved the inconvenience of having to wait for bright and warm days, and to attend at hours when it is not always the pleasantest to be away from home.

The newest mode of treatment of photos is now practiced by Messrs Foy Bros., and specimens of their enamelled work we have been equal to any turned out by the most celebrated photographic artists. Every convenience in the way of dressing rooms, and pleasant and comfortable waiting rooms have been provided and, as the work can be executed more expeditiously with the new facilities at command, there is little inconvenience suffered by visitors to the studio.

The enterprise shown by Messrs Foy Bros, is deserving of support, and we shall not be surprised if during this summer their exertions are rewarded by a liberal support from the residents of the Thames. There is not the slightest necessity for persons to go to Auckland to get photos, under the impression that pictures are taken better in that city, for we have heard of many being so displeased and disappointed with the work done in Auckland as to come to the Thames for well finished and good photos.
Thames Star, Volume XII, Issue 3770, 27 January 1881, Page 2

Messes Foy Bros., photographers, have lately imported a new process by which they can take instantaneous portraits. The process is known as the Gelatine Bromide, and for children's portraits is unsurpassed.
Thames Star, Volume XII, Issue 3946, 22 August 1881, Page 2

We are sorry to have to record an accident which occurred this morning to Mr J. J. Foy, of Foy Bros. It appears that at the fire which took place this morning in Sealey street, Mr Foy living close by, made haste to assist in pulling down some of the back structures to prevent the spread of the fire, when he slipped and doubled his foot under him in falling, sustaining a very severe sprain of the ankle, which will necessitate his laying up for some time.
Thames Star, Volume XIV, Issue 4551, 6 August 1883, Page 2

The many friends of Mr J. J. Foy will learn with regret of his death, which took place this afternoon. It appears that he has been in a weak state of health for some time past, and his death occurred very suddenly while in his photographic studio.
Thames Star, Volume XXII, Issue 6477, 17 January 1890, Page 2

In our last issue we briefly announced the sudden death of Mr. J. J. Foy, which took place about 2.30 or 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It appears that Mr Foy was in his studio engaged mounting some pictures, when he complained to his daughter that he felt faint, and a few minutes afterwards fell back into her arms. a messenger was at once dispatched for Dr Callan, but as he was not at home, Dr Volckman was summoned, but when he arrived life was extinct. It has been decided by the Coroner that an inquest is unnecessary, as Dr Callan, who had been attending the deceased lately, has given a certificate to the effect that death resulted from apoplexy. The deceased, who was 45 years of age, leaves a wife and family of seven children to mourn their loss. The funeral will take place from the residence, Sealey street, at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, at which the members of the Loyal Charles Bruce and Loyal Waikato Lodges of Oddfellows are notified to be present.
Thames Star, Volume XXII, Issue 6478, 18 January 1890, Page 2

Thames Star, Volume XXII, Issue 6479, 20 January 1890, Page 2

The many friends in Auckland and elsewhere of Mr James Joseph Foy, photographer, will learn with sincere feelings of regret of his decease, which took place on the 17th inst. somewhat suddenly. He had been in a weak state of health for some days, and while in his studio with his eldest daughter on Friday last, he complained to her that he did not feel well, and at once fell backwards in an apoplectic fit. Medical assistance was sent for, but he expired before the doctor arrived. The deceased, who was 45 years of age and leaves a wife and seven young children, was of a most genial disposition and was universally esteemed and respected. The funeral took place yesterday (Sunday), and was very largely attended by all classes of the community, while the members of the Loyal Waikato and Charles Bruce Lodges of Oddfellows were especially noticeable, there being scarcely a member absent.
Observer, Volume X, Issue 579, 1 February 1890, Page 12

Foy Bros. (Joseph Michael Foy), Photographers, Pollen Street, Thames. This is claimed to be the oldest business of its kind at the Thames, having been established in 1872. The studio is replete with all the latest improvements, and the proprietor is ever on the alert for anything fresh in his line. Many samples of his work are to be seen in the illustrations of this portion of the present volume of the Cyclopedia.

Mr. J. M. Foy was born in London in 1847, and came with his father, the late Mr. James Foy, to New Zealand in 1849. After leaving school he assisted his father in the building trade at Onehunga. In 1867 he entered the employ of Mr. Webster, photographer, of Auckland, and eighteen months later commenced business in that line on his own account. Mr. Foy joined his brother, Mr. James Joseph Foy, in 1872, in establishing the present business at the Thames. The latter died early in 1890, and since that date the subject of this notice has thrown all his time and energies into the improvement of the business. Mr. Foy has for many years been a member of the H.A.C.B.S., Grahams-town branch, and has filled various offices in that body, including those of president, vice-president, and secretary, the latter of which he has held for the past twelve years. He was elected in 1894 to represent the South Ward on the Thames Borough Council, and was re-elected in 1896, but is not now a member. On the death of Mr. Mulligan, one of the trustees of the Thames Hospital, in 1896, Mr. Foy was appointed to fill the vacancy, and, at the annual meeting of the subscribers to the Hospital in 1897, was unanimously elected to represent their interests on the Board.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District] 1902
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Mr J. M. Foy, photographer (late of Thames) has opened at No. 4, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Negatives taken at Thames since 1896 in stock.
Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10611, 22 December 1909, Page 3

An old identity of the Thames goldfield, Mr. Joseph M. Foy, died at Auckland on Monday, at the age of 76. Mr. Foy, who was born in London in 1847, came to New Zealand two years later. In 1872, in conjunction with his brother, Mr. J. J. Foy, he established the leading photography business at the Thames, which was carried on until after the decline of the mining prosperity of the district. Mr. Foy, among other positions formerly occupied by him, was a member of the Thames Borough Council and Hospital Board. For many years past he had made his home in Auckland.
Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 82, 6 April 1923, Page 8

(1) Thames Star, Volume XXII, Issue 6478, 18 January 1890, Page 2
(2) Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 82, Friday 6 April 1923, Page 8 gives date of as Monday i.e. 2 April however Auckland City Libraries Photographers Database gives date of death as 3 April.
(3) Auckland Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2171, 17 February 1877, Page 2
James Foy died 1 May 1883 at the residence of his son, Sealey Street aged 80 years
Thames Coromandel District Council Cemetery Database.

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