FRITH, Henry Albert

Henry Albert Frith 
Farley's Buildings
Princes Street


The Cornwall Chronicle, Launceston, Tasmania, Wednesday 23 June 1858, page 7

Launceston Examiner (Tasmania), Thursday 9 December 1858, page 1

 Launceston Examiner (Tasmania), Tuesday 27 November 1860, page 1

Fine Arts.— Mr. Henry Albert Frith, the distinguished photographist, who has been a resident amongst us for upwards of two years, took his departure yesterday for Melbourne by the steamer 'Black Swan.' During his sojourn here, Mr. Frith not only gained golden opinions through the excellence of his artistic achievements, but he also endeared him self in private life by his social amenities, and the gift of adapting himself to association with all classes with a facility possessed by few. Mr. Frith is invited to join his brother, who is pursuing a prosperous career in Melbourne as a photographist, and we, with a very extensive circle of his personal friends and admirers, wish him every success in the sister colony.
The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tasmania), 15 October 1862 page 5

New Zealand 

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVI, Issue 1276, 6 December 1859, Page 2
(repeated in the Daily Southern Cross until 16 December 1859)

Otago Daily Times , Issue 1353, 30 April 1866, Page 3
 (repeated in the Otago Daily Times until 27 July 1866)

Portrait of an unidentified man by Henry Albert Frith, Dunedin.


 Thames Advertiser, Volume VIII, Issue 2204, 20 November 1875, Page 2
(repeated in the Thames Advertiser until 7 June 1876)

Portrait of unidentified Maori girl, 1873.
Frith, Henry fl 1867-1873. Frith, Henry fl 1867-1873 : Portrait of unidentified Maori young girl 1873. Ref: PA2-0748. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Mr. H. A. Frith, photographer, of Pollen-street, has succeeded in taking some splendid views of the great Maori encampment at the Kauwaeranga, although not without considerable difficulty. Many of the natives, especially the old chiefs and the old women, have a very strong objection to being photographed, and they even tried to prevent Mr Frith from taking a view of the encampment from a distant point, where it would be impossible to recognise faces. In one case, where he tried to take a view of the natives at close quarters, he was literally mobbed by five or six old and ugly native women, who had been watching and following him, for some hours before. However, by going into the bush and watching a favourable opportunity, Mr Frith succeeded in taking three splendid views, which may to seen at his studio.
Thames Advertiser, Volume IX, Issue 2355, 12 May 1876, Page 2

We have received from Mr. H. A. Frith, photographer, Victoria-street, six photographic views of the cricket ground during the match between the Eleven of All England and twenty-two local players. The views have been taken from different points, and during different parts of the match. The photographs were taken by the instantaneous process, and are very good considering the circumstances under which they were taken - being almost free from blurs.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 6311, 8 February 1882, Page 4

The presence of the flagship, H.M.S. Orlando, in Calliope Dock, when being cleaned recently, has been taken advantage by the local photographers to get a picture of her as she sat in the dock. Mr. H. A. Frith, photographer, Parnell Rise, has shown us two large views, taken on plates 12 inches by 16 inches, showing the vessel from two different points of view. The lines of the vessel and the proportions of the dock are admirably brought out, and when prints were shown to the Admiral, he stated that they were the best photographs had yet seen of the vessel.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 9259, 12 January 1889, Page 4

Portrait of an unidentified woman by Henry Albert Frith taken at Pollen Street, Shortland, Thames Goldfield, New Zealand.

see biography - Design and Art Australia Online

Covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards

from Gerstenkorn, Invercargill
by Percy Lund & Co, Bradford, England

 Sorrell, Christchurch

Standish and Preece
Percy Lund & Co, Bradford, England

Portrait of King Tawhiao

Auckland Star, Volume VI, Issue 1528, 5 January 1875, Page 1

Fine Arts Copyright Act, 1877. — Chas. Monkton was charged with a breach of the Fine Art Copyright Act, 1877, by copying a work of Art—viz., a portrait of King Tawhiao, without the authority of the owner, John Blackman [he was the husband of Elizabeth Pulman], on the 16th of August.

Mr. Cotter appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Edward Cooper for the defence. Mr. Cotter, in opening the case, said it was, he believed, the first case under this Act which had ever been brought before this Court. He quoted the 6th section of the Act, and then called the defendant as the first witness, but Mr. Cooper objected, and said the defendant was not a compellable witness. He submitted the case ought to be brought before the Court by information, and not by complaint, as the question was whether the Court had power to make an order for payment of money under the Fine Arts Copyright Act. He argued the matter at some length, and submitted that the matter was wrongly before the Court, and that if it was before the Court by information there was no authority to put the defendant in the box as a witness.

Then arose another point as to whether this was a criminal proceeding, in which case the defendant would be only a competent witness to go into the box of his own free will, but was not a compellable witness.

His Worship said it was quite clear that the defendant could decline to answer, not only questions which might criminate himself, but any question which might subject him to a penalty under the Act. Mr. Cotter said it would be for His Worship to judge whether the answers to the questions which he put would have that effect.

The proceedings were commenced on information, not by complaint. Mr. Cooper said that disposed of his friend's right to call the defendant. Mr. Cotter said it was only a slight error in striking out certain words in the form, and it was intended to proceed with it as a complaint, and he quoted authorities to show that the proceedings should be by complaint, as the word "complaint" was expressly used in section 8 of the Act.

After lengthy argument, His Worship ruled that defendant might be sworn. Mr. Cooper then quoted authorities to show that this was a criminal proceeding for an offence against a statute. Lengthened argument ensued on the point raised, and His Worship thought it better to go on with the case, subject to the point raised.

The defendant was then sworn, and deposed that he carried on business as a photographer in Auckland, and the country. His business premises were in Mr. Leighton's premises, Upper Queen-street, and he had 20 years' experience as a photographer. He now carried on his business under the style of the London Photographic Company. At the time the Maori King, Tawhiao, was in Auckland witness was in Hamilton, and did not take Tawhiao's photo, between February and April. He for a time employed another photographer, but discharged him as he did not find him competent. He was not aware that he sold portraits of Tawhiao to Mr. Fairs [Mortimer Fairs was the son of Thomas Armstrong Fairs the former partner of George Albert Steel the photographer who took the photograph of King Tawhiao], and he must have been away at the time they were sold, if they were sold.

A cabinet size photo of the Maori King on Mrs. Pulman's card and several carte de visite size on Mr. Monkton's cards were then put in by Mr. Cotter. Witness said he should say that the photos, on the smaller cards were copies of the larger one, and the writing on the back of the former was his, but he was in the habit of putting his signature to the cards before the pictures were put on. He could not say whether the smaller photos, were the work of his assistant.

John Blackman deposed that he was the proprietor of the photo of Tawhiao. It was taken by his manager, Mr. Steel, and duly registered under the Copyright Act, 1877, in April last.
— Mr. Leighton deposed to leasing the premises to Mr. Monkton, in which he carried on his business as photographer.
— Mortimer Fairs deposed to buying photos, of the Maori King from Mr. Monkton personally, for which he paid 4s 6d.
— Frederick Pulman deposed to buying some copies from Mrs. Monkton.
— George Alfred Steel, photographer, deposed that the smaller portraits were undoubted copies of the larger one which he had taken.
— Mrs. Monkton and Miss Monkton also gave evidence, and His Worship reserved judgment.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 6495, 11 September 1882, Page 5

In the complaint, Blackman v. Monkton, in which defendant was charged with a breach of section 6 of the Fine Arts Copyright Act, 1877, in having made a copy for sale of a photograph of King Tawhiao, which complainant had registered, several points were raised by defendant's counsel (Mr E. Cooper) and argued; namely, it was objected that the proceedings should have been initiated by information instead of by complaint; also that defendant could not be compelled to give evidence, as the matter before the Court was a criminal summary proceeding, charging the commission of an offence punishable by a pecuniary penalty as mentioned in sec. 8 of the new Justice of the Peace Act, and that the registration was informal and inoperative, so that there was no copyright to infringe.

In this, however, His Worship could find no particular wherein the registration fails to comply with the requisition of the Act. Another point was this, the evidence did not shew that defendant had made any copy, even though shewn that he had sold. Even if the evidence established that defendant had made the copies for sale, it did not appear that the making was after the date of registration.

His Worship thought this objection a fatal one, and dismissed the case, remarking that if defendant liked to say where he got the portrait, he would give him costs.
Auckland Star, Volume XVI, Issue 3776, 16 September 1882, Page 2

Auckland Star, Volume XV, Issue 3795, 28 August 1882, Page 3

Elizabeth Blackman (formerly Mrs Pulman) died 3 February 1900 at "Lymm Villa" Lincoln Street, Ponsonby, Auckland aged 64 years. Interred at Purewa.
Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 30, 5 February 1900, Page 8

Thomas Armstrong Fairs married Elizabeth Walker reg. Dec 1852 Henley 3a 809

Victorian Portrait Rooms

Saul Solomon
Victorian Portrait Rooms
Princes Street

Otago Daily Times, Issue 60, 24 January 1862, Page 4 

Otago Daily Times, Issue 172, 4 June 1862, Page 3


Album - Cleland

Cleland Album
December 2013


Eden George

Alfred Gadd

John Thomas Mitchell

Alfred Thomas Robottom

unknown photographer

Wrigglesworth and Binns

Wrigglesworth and Binns

Yeoman & Co, Melbourne

Caney & Co., Caney & Co., Crowe Rodgers (Stirling, Scotland)

P. De Loree, Grand & Dunlop, Grand & Dunlop

Grand & Dunlop, Grand & Dunlop, Grand & Dunlop

M. Heslop, Charles Lawrence, Charles Lawrence

Charles Lawrence, Schourup, Schourup

John Spiller, John Spiller, Taylor

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor


Wheeler, Wheeler