Tomlinson, Charles Augustus

Charles Augustus Tomlinson

born 6 March 1863 [1], Bishopdale, Nelson, son of  Henry Tomlinson and Elizabeth Forbes Sandeman, died 6 October 1932 Hamilton


Mr C. A. Tomlinson, photographer, Christchurch, under commission from the Tourist Department and some of the weekly newspapers, has just returned from an interesting trip to the sea via Lake Wanaka. Leaving Queenstown just a fortnight ago Mr Tomlinson succeeded in getting from Makarora to the mouth of the Haast River and back unaccompanied, save by his two horses, and under perfect weather conditions. Some splendid views were obtained and Mr Tomlinson is extremely well pleased with his trip and with this scenery, which he found very hard to leave. Lake Hawea and Mount Aspiring were also thoroughly done by the photographer.
Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 2594, 5 February 1907

After a visit to the Otago lakes and some of the spurs of the Southern Alps,  including the Haast Pass, Mr C. A. Tomlinson, of Christchurch, returned to Dunedin by the express from the South last  evening. The journey to the Haast Pass, where Mr Tomlinson took over 100 photographs, was made on horseback from Wanaka. He was charmed by the scenery of those remote, romantic places, and has a vivid impression of one particular cataract pouring a fall of 1,000 tons out of an inaccessible cavern fed by a glacier.
Evening Star, Issue 13039, 6 February 1907

A correspondent at Luggate states that Mr C. A. Tomlinson, the well-known tourist photographer of Christchurch, who recently secured such a fine set of pictures of the Haast Valley, arrived at Luggate on Sunday night, after a very successful trip round Lake Hawea and through the Hunter Valley, Highburn, and Dingle country — the home of the red deer. Mr Tomlinson is much charmed with the views, the mountains being all heavily coated with snow, adding much to the beauty of the photographs. The country is admitted by stalkers from all parts of the world to be equal, if not better, than any other red deer country in the world. Mr Tomlinson is of opinion that the Government should build two large huts one in the Dingle, and one in the Hunter Valley. These would secure accommodation for stalkers before going to camp, and form a base. At present stalkers and the attendants have to put up with a lot of inconvenience, having to depend upon occupied huts of private holders. Mr Gunn has had as many as 17 deer stalkers and their guides camped in the small Dingle hut at once. Mr Tomlinson expects to visit Mount Aspiring before returning to Christchurch. -
Otago Witness, Issue 2785, 31 July 1907, Page 64

Mr. C. A. Tomlinson
[from our own correspondent]
Hamilton, Thursday
The death occurred in Hamilton to-day of Mr. Charles Augustus Tomlinson, a former well-known figure in New Zealand journalism, at the age of 70 years. Born at Bishopdale, Nelson, Mr. Tomlinson was employed for many years as a reporter and press photographer on the Lyttelton Times, later joining the staff of the Christchurch Press. In the course of his career he travelled extensively throughout New Zealand and on one occasion made a journey alone on horseback through the Haast Pass, a feat considered impossible without the services of a guide. Mr. Tomlinson also explored many of the far northern parts of the North Island. He took many photographs for the Government Publicity Department, some of which are now featured in the Dominion office in London. Mr. Tomlinson retired from journalism seven years ago and came to Hamilton, where he conducted a private school. In his earlier years he was interested in many branches of sport and he won numerous trophies for pigeon shooting. Mr. Tomlinson is survived by his wife.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21307, 7 October 1932 



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