Index - here

All newspaper articles and advertisements are from Papers Past - National Library of New Zealand or Trove - National Library of Australia unless otherwise stated.

Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post.

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site. I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have. I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records or negatives of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

Old Index - here

RENDELL, Robert John

Robert John Rendell
Hamilton, N.Z. 
died 5 September 1941 Tauranga


Kirkman, Joseph

Joseph Kirkman
Union Photographic Portrait Studio
Junction of Grey and Pitt Streets, Auckland
J. Kirkman, Manager
Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 4322, 24 March 1884
Auckland Star, Volume XX, Issue 41, 18 February 1889

died 23 April 1887 at his residence Mount Eden, Auckland aged 55 years 
Auckland Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 98, 27 April 1887

married Eliza Brennan
son Harold John Kirkman born Capetown, South Africa, died 17 June 1942 Hastings aged 76 years, reg.
son Arnold Joseph Kirkman, Mossel Bay, South Africa
daughter Josephine Louisa Kirkman (Mrs Fisher) wife of Walter Fisher, butcher, Auckland


Slack, John Alfred

John Alfred Slack
John Alfred Slack son of Edwin Slack (ironmoulder) and Mary Cantrill [1], baptised 30 July 1858 St. Stephen's, Sheffield, arrived New Zealand circa 1883, returned to England circa 1899, died after 1933, England, married 7 January 1885 at the residence of the bridegroom, Gisborne, New Zealand by the Rev. G. W. J. Spence to Amy Mildred Bradford, youngest daughter of the late Samuel Bradford of Clonmel, Ireland [2]
1. Archibald Alfred Slack born circa 1885, reg. 1885/17616        
2. John Bradford Slack born 8 June 1889 Mount Eden Road, Auckland, reg. 1889/7486

Gladstone Road

Mr A. Slack, photographic artist, who has gained considerable experience in the best English establishments in all branches of the profession, has just arrived from England, and has decided to take up his residence in Gisborne. He announces that he will shortly open his studio in Gladstone road.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume X, Issue 1954, 23 June 1883
Mr. Slack's photographic studio will be opened to-morrow. It is situated in the Gladstone Road, adjacent to Mr. Aislabie's shop. The studio is tastefully fitted up and the appliances for photographic purposes are on the latest and most approved principles. Mr. Slack is very clever in all branches of the photographic art,
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume X, Issue 1995, 10 August 1883
Mr. Slack, photographer, opened his new studio and commenced business in Gisborne this morning. His apparatus is a perfect one, and the studio is very tastefully fitted up. As an example of the lightning rapidity in which the portraits are taken by the instantaneous process, we were shown to-day a photograph of a leading member of our staff, on the table alongside him being a copy of this journal. The visitor had dropped into the studio on business totally unconnected with either photography or journalism. "Be seated a second," said the artist, and the visitor obeyed. "You see that circle, projecting from that box on three legs," said the artist —" it is the latest invention in cameras." The visitor looked, and as quick as thought the artist removed a cap and replaced it again. The time of the visit had not extended over two or three minutes, when, to the surprise of the visitor, an excellent photograph of himself and of the Poverty Bay Herald were shown him. These were the first subjects " immortalised" by the new photographer at his studio.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume X, Issue 1996, 11 August 1883
Pitt Street
Mr J. A. Slack, photographer, Pitt-street, possesses very high credentials, having been articled to Vincent Hatch, Huddersfield, and was for four years operator and retoucher to A. and G. Taylor, photographer to the Queen. Mr Slack makes copying and enlarging a specialty.
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 633, 14 February 1891

346 Queen Street
1901 - Rotherham, Yorkshire, dentist aged 43 at residence of Margaret Bradford, his sister-in-law
1911 - Wickersley, Yorkshire, artificial tooth manufacturer aged 52 years, widower

Family of Edwin Slack (ironmoulder) born 1826 Kimberworth, Yorkshire and Mary Cantrill born 1827 Sheffield Yorkshire
1. Joseph Cantrell Slack born 1849 Sheffield, Yorkshire
2. Frederick Slack born 1850 Sheffield, Yorkshire
3. Frances Ann Slack born 1852 Sheffield, Yorkshire
4. Richard Edmund Slack born 1854 Derby, Yorkshire
5.  Edward Arthur Slack (printer) born circa 1855, Derby, England, arrived New Zealand circa 1880 died 13 May 1933 Auckland Hospital aged 78 years, buried 14 May 1933 Purewa, Auckland
6. John Alfred Slack of Wickersby near Rotherham [1933], born 1858 Sheffield, Yorkshire
7. Thomas Slack born 1860 Sheffield, Yorkshire
8. Alice Slack of Maltby, Rotherham [1933], born 1861 Rotherham, Yorkshire
9. William Henry Slack born 1863 Rotherham, Yorkshire
10. Caroline Slack "Carrie" of Maltby, Rotherham [1933], born 1867, Rotherham, Yorkshire
11. Ada Slack of Rotherham [1933], born circa 1870 Rotherham, Yorkshire
12. Archie Slack of Rotherham [1933]
Hector Lennox Johnson, nephew 
[1] New Zealand Probate records 1933, Edward Arthur Slack, P52797/33-P52860/33
[2] Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XII, Issue 4190, 15 January 1885

McDermott, Saul


Saul McDermott
born 6 July 1850 Auckland, died 28 June 1908 Auckland.

Mr. Saul McDermott, who was born in Auckland 58 years ago, passed away at Nurse Jones' Home, at Ponsonby, yesterday afternoon. Mr. McDermott was stricken down with paralysis over two years ago, and since then had been a comparative invalid. He had a large circle of friends. The funeral takes place at Waikumete to-morrow afternoon.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13788, 29 June 1908

Christchurch Fancy Bazaar

Christchurch Fancy Bazaar
Colombo St, Christchurch.

William John Grand

James Elsbee and Daniel Mundy's negatives were acquired by William John Grand.

Press, Volume XVII, Issue 2344, 29 October 1870, Page 3

above - these two photographs show Edward Duffull who was born in London in 1850 and died in 1906 at Springston.

above - this photograph shows Sarah Ann Harris the older sister of Edward Duffull. Sarah was born in Croydon, Surrey in 1844 and came to New Zealand with her family on the ship "Egmont" in 1856 when she was aged 12. In 1867 she married Nathaniel Harris; she is pictured here with their first two children Harry and Jessie, twins born in Christchurch in 1868. Sarah died aged 79 in 1923 and is buried in Timaru Cemetery.

above - two photographs of the same unidentified lady.

above - 1873 Walter J. L. Barnett, Leeston
 Walter John Lawry Barnett born 12 June 1867, reg. 1867/23028 son of Gertrude Lawry and John Barnett, died 13 August 1916 Woodend, reg. 1916/9269 aged 49 years, married 1903, reg. 1903/207 Julia Winchester.    

above - Mrs Boyce
perhaps Katherine Macknight Boyce buried Tuesday, 8 April 1879 Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch plot 1512, aged 81 years.



Unknown Photographer


 A Carte de Visite by an
Unknown Photographer


Christ Church Cathedral


Unknown Photographer


Unknown Photographer

Freight train with sawn timber and passenger train at entrance to a tunnel.
204mm x 158mm
[purchased September 2020]

Unknown Photogapher


Unknown photographer

unknown militia band, perhaps Christchurch
292mm x 170mm [purchased September 2020]


Cantouris Studios

Cantouris Studios
105 Kitchener Road, Milford, Auckland
Photograph by Cantouris Studios, 105 Kitchener Road, Milford
 reverse inscription " 3rd April 1962. the Day
Left to Right; Punch Craig, Doreen (Dorrie) Duigan, R. W. (Tim) Heal, Eve & Brya de Castro, Winnifred Duigan nee Kaye, Ransford G.K. de Castro and Ron Guilliam

Unknown Photographer

Unknown Photographer

A family group outside their house
unknown photographer
probably Otago
[purchased October 2020] 

A group of people outside a house, two bird cages hang on the verandah posts
unknown photographer
probably Otago
[purchased October 2020] 

A teacher and nineteen children outside a rural school house, probably in Otago
unknown photographer
[purchased October 2020] 

RIES, Malcolm

Malcolm Ries

Malcolm Ries born circa 1835 Tasmania, Australia the son of Elizabeth and Philip G. Ries, died May 1900 New Zealand. His father Philip G. Ries of Hesse Cassel, born circa 1783, died 26 March 1857  at his residence, "Boxwood Forest", Victoria in his 74th year, reg. no 54/1857 Victoria, son of Bernard Ries, Esq., Councellor, Hesse Cassel and cousin to His Excellency, Francis Von Ries, Esq. of Frankfurt, Germany. His mother Elizabeth Jennings born circa 1806, died 12 June 1871 at her residence, Stafford Street, Dunedin aged 65 years, reg. 1871/6331. His parents, with one child departed the Downs on 14 April 1824 on the ship "Denmark Hill" arrived Hobart Town, Tasmania on 31 August 1824, a second child was born on the voyage [1].

On the 12th June, at her residence, Stafford street, Elizabeth Ries, wife of the late Philip Ries, aged 65 years. Melbourne papers please copy.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 2917, 13 June 1871

In June, 1857, at Hesse Cassel, in the 77th year of his age, His Excellency Francis von Ries, Esq., Privy Councillor, Hessian Minister, &c., at Frankfort, Germany, first cousin to the late Mr. P. Ries, Boxwood Forest, Pentridge. Much and deeply regretted by all his friends and relations.
The Argus (Melbourne), Wed 3 Feb 1858, Page 4

issue of Elizabeth and Philip G. Ries:
[1.] William Philip George Ries born 1823, baptised 2 April 1823 St Stephen's Church, Coleman Street, London, died 1867 New Zealand, reg. 1867/10182 aged 43 years   
[2.] Mary Salania Ries or Maria Salacia Ries born 1824, died 20 October 1874 New Zealand, reg. 1874/15974 aged 50 years, buried Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, block 4P, plot 123
[3.] James Dunnell Ries
[4.] Frances Mathilde Ries married 4 October 1870 Sandridge by Dr Plummer, Frederick  Richard Ferrar eldest son of Frederick Ferrar, Esq., of London
[5.] Malcolm Ries
[6.] Henry Ries died 1920, reg. 
1920/1195 aged 83 years

Mr Henry Ries, an old resident of the town, died at the hospital on Sunday morning and was buried on Tuesday. He had acted as gearman for the Fire Brigade for about 18 years, and was accorded a fireman's funeral. The Rev. A. D. Kirkland conducted the funeral service, and Capt. K. Marshall read the customary Fire Brigade ritual. Mr Ries was 83 years of age, a native of Richmond, Tasmania, and had been in New Zealand for about 60 years.
Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XLV, Issue XLV, 30 July 1920

Death: Ries.— On October 20, 1874, at her residence, Maria Salacia Ries, sister of Mr Malcolm Ries, photographer, Princes street, Dunedin, aged 50 years.
Evening Star, Issue 3639, 21 October 1874

 Ries and Co., 
American Photograph Gallery

Otago Daily Times, Issue 2516, 28 February 1870 [this notice continued in the Otago Daily Times until 5 March 1870]


Ries and Thomson
[Malcolm Ries and Henry E. Thomson]
George Street, Dunedin

Evening Star, Issue 3182, 2 May 1873

Otago Daily Times, Issue 3584, 31 July 1873


Ries and Co.

North Otago Times, Volume XXIII, Issue 1200, 16 February 1876

Ries and Co.
Colonsay Street, Lawrence

Tuapeka Times, Volume IX, Issue 589, 9 August 1876

Ries v. Campbell.
(To the Editor.)
Sir, — About two months ago I was sent for in great haste to photograph the dying daughter of a railway employe (sic) named Campbell, residing at Paddy's Point - a distance of some six or seven miles from Lawrence. I obeyed the summons though it was half-past three o'clock on a Sunday afternoon; and without observing the golden rule among most photographers - namely, payment in advance. I arrived at Campbell's residence about half-past five; had then to construct from his drawing-room what is technically called a dark-room for chemical purposes; took three negatives of the girl whom I found in bed propped up with pillows, her head leaning on her hands, swaying to and fro, unable to speak or keep still for more than a second or two at a time. This part of the work took me fully two hours. I then walked to Havelock, engaged an express for the return journey to Lawrence, which I did not reach before twelve that night, and at a cost of ten shillings. I supplied to Campbell from the best of the three negatives I had taken a dozen and a half of very fair Cartes de Visite (under the circumstances) of his dying child, and half a dozen at his own request from one of the two others, and which were the ones he returned after being summoned and three weeks after having previously seen proofs from all three. When this troublesome and unpleasant work had been performed, I applied to Mr Campbell for payment of my bill, which was only £3, including travelling expenses. All I could obtain from him was one pound for which I had to go again to Paddy's Point, entailing on me more travelling expenses. Well, sir, at this stage of the proceedings applied to the Magistrate's Court at Lawrence for redress, and they awarded me £1 more; so that in reality I obtained less than 30s, deducting expenses for the second journey to Paddys Point. Poor remuneration truly! What a pity for me the Magistrates had not known the trouble of making photographs under such circumstances. - I am, &c,

M. Ries, Edinburgh Photograph Company. P.S.- It is not true that I agreed to give Campbell two and a half dozens of photo, for £2 10s. M. R.

Tuapeka Times, Volume XIII, Issue 612, 6 March 1880, Page 3

Edinburgh Photo Co.
St Bathans

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 686, 2 December 1882

 Edinburgh Photo Co.

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 696, 8 February 1883

Mr Ries of the Edinburgh Photo Company, is still in Naseby, doing a very fair business. He will remain here probably a fortnight longer, when he will take his departure for fresh fields and pastures new. We have been shown several photographic views, etc., taken by Mr Ries, and we have no hesitation in saying that they reflect the highest credit upon his skill as an artist. Our friends should give him a call ere he leaves the town.
Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XIII, Issue 701, 15 March 1883

The courts.
Resident Magisrates's Court, Naseby.
Monday, April 16th. Before John S. Hickson, Esq., Warden,

Indecent Language.
On the information of Sergeant Carlyon, Malcolm Ries, photographer, was charged with that he did, at Naseby, on April 10 unlawfully use certain indecent language within the hearing of Mrs Andrew White then and there passing in a certain public place—to wit, Leven-street, Naseby.

Sergeant Carlyon prosecuted; Mr Ries conducted his own case, and pleaded "Not Guilty."

Mrs Andrew White, of Home Gully, Naseby, being sworn, deposed: Some time since I gave an order to Mr Ries for some half-a-dozen photographs. On April 10 I was shown a proof of the likeness. I remarked that they had not been satisfactorily taken, and of course I took exception to them, upon which defendant lost his temper and became very rude to me. I then left the shop, and Ries followed me to the door, and abused me on the public street. He told me I wanted kicking, interspersing this threat with some choice language.

Cross-examined by defendant: I will swear positively I was standing on the footpath when you told me I wanted kicking I did not use any provoking language to you. I believe I did call you a mad fool. I also said, :if I believe in ghosts and spirits as you do, I would shoot or hang myself."

By Sergeant Carlyon: I made the remark about the ghosts and spirits when I was out on the foot-path.

Constable Rasmussen deposed: I saw Mrs White in Ries' shop on the 10th instant. I heard him threaten to kick her. I did not hear the whole of the dispute. When I first entered the shop, Mrs White was looking at some photographs and she said, "They are very dim." Ries replied with an oath and told her to clear out, asking what she meant by coming there to find fault with his work. Mrs White asked, "What have I done to be insulted in this manner?"

Before she reached the door defendant again swore at her upon which Mrs White said,- "You must be mad." After she reached the street, defendant threatened to kick her, when she said "If I believed in ghosts or spirits, I would shoot or hang myself."

Defendant (to witness).: Now, sir, remember that you are in the witness-box, and take care that you do not perjure yourself. On you oath  Will you positively and truthfully swear that the statement you have just given is true in every particular?

Constable Rasmussen: Yes, I swear it Mrs White did not mention anything about the ghost until you used improper language to her. I swear positively she was on the  street when you threatened to kick her. You went to the door and used the language; you were not standing behind the counter at the time.

This was the case for the prosecution.

For the defence, Mr Ries called. S. J. Evans, chemist, Naseby, who deposed: I heard the altercation that took place on April 10 between Mrs White and defendant. When I went into the shop I saw Ries was engaged with Mrs White, so I retired into a back room. I heard Mrs White call defendant a mad fool, and tell him that if she believed in ghosts or spirits she would shoot or hang herself. Defendant (who is evidently a Spiritualist): Now, Mr Evans, don't you think that the greatest insult that could be offered to me?

Mr Evans: Well, I could hardly say, Mr Ries.

Sergeant Carlyon: Oh, go on with the evidence, Mr Ries. Surely you haven't brought Mr Evans ' here as an expert on the subject of ghosts and spirits. (Laughter.)

Mr Evans (evidence continued); I swear positively that when defendant threatened to kick complainant he was standing behind the counter, Mrs White being at the time about two yards from she door. I am positive of this. Defendant did not use improper language till complainant provoked and aggravated, him.

Cross-examined : I heard Ries threaten to kick complainant. When he used the threat, Mrs White was not standing on the foot-path, neither had she left the shop. Defendant said something at the door about "damning her eyes," but this was addressed more to himself than to complainant. Defendant lost his temper during the dispute, and behaved in an ungentlemanly manner to complainant.

By defendant : You did not act in an ungentlemanly manner till you were provoked. You indulged in a little profanity after the door was shut.

Re-cross-examined: Mrs White could not have gone ten yards before defendant "damned." her eyes. . Ries looked out of the door after complainant had left the shop; he then closed the door, and made use of some profane language.

By His Worship: The bad language could have been heard by passers-by.

Mr Ries then entered the witness-box, and took the oath in the usual manner, although evidently very much averse to doing so. He said: About ten days ago Mrs White came to my studio and had her likeness taken. She gave instructions for a full length photo. I showed complainant a proof of the picture, when she expressed herself satisfied with it, and forthwith ordered half-a-dozen copies. Mrs White came to the shop on the, 10th instant, and when shown the photos, she found fault with them, and said I had taken them wrong — that I should have taken her bust only. She also said that the face was out of all proportion to the body," and, taking up a photo, of Miss King — a young lady, of Naseby, aged 18, your Worship — said, That's the way I wanted it taken." I replied, "Oh, you are foolish. You surely don't want to be taken like that. I can't make a young girl of you. (Laughter) Hereupon Mrs White called me a lot of bad names. She said I was a mad fool, and told me that if she was a madman like me and believed in ghosts and spirits, she would hang herself. She had no right to say that to me your our Worship, and she insulted me saying it. I state positively that I did not swear at Mrs White when she was on the foot-path.

Cross-examined: I did not swear at Mrs White till she provoked me.

His Worship : I am inclined to believe the evidence of Constable Rasmussen and Mrs White in preference to that of Mr Evans and defendant. No doubt defendant was very angry,and used improper language; and I can readily understand that Mr Evans is right in his mind, as to the truth of his statement. The ease does not call for extreme measures, and I think if I convict defendant and fine him in a nominal amount he' will be sufficiently punished. I hope that on a future occasion, when he has a female to deal with, he will learn to curb his temper and his tongue. Mr Ries, you are fined 10s and costs of case, 14s.

Mr Ries then took two £l notes from his pocket-book, and proffered them to the Clerk of the Court in payment of the fine and costs.

Mr Garvey: I want stamps, please Mr Ries—stamps to the value of 19s, and 5s in money.

Mr Ries: But I haven't stamps, so you'll have to take the money!

Mr Garvey: But, surely you know the road to the Post Office.

Mr Ries: Well, yes. I say, what'll you have? Do you perfer sixpenny, threepenny, twopenny or half-penny stamp? I suppose half-pennies will do?

Mr Garvey: Please get them large as you can.

Mr Ries then obtained the stamps, handed them to Mr Garvey, and left the Court, evidently not rejoicing.

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XIII, Issue 706, 19 April 1883

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XVIII, Issue 1020, 22 June 1889

Mr Malcolm Reis [sic], photographer, has forwarded to the Exhibition a panorama of Naseby. The views have been very well taken, and include the whole of the township, winter- scenes, and,the principal buildings. They have been nicely arranged in a frame, and form a very creditable production.
Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume XVIII, Issue 1042, 21 November 1889

A number of photographic views in connection with the recent encampment of the Naseby Rifle Volunteers are on view in Mr. R. Hosie's window. They are exceedingly well finished, and reflect credit on the photographer, Mr. Ries, who is prepared to receive orders for any number.
Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume 23, Issue 1170, 5 May 1892 

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume 24, Issue 1264, 15 February 1894

Mr Malcolm Ries, photographer announces in this issue that he has reduced his charges, and people may now get their photos taken at prices hitherto unheard of in this district. A number of photos by Mr Ries are on view at the Oddfellows' Hall, and they are certainly creditable specimens of the art. For brilliancy, roundness, and neatness of finish they are hard to beat, and are also very skillfully retouched.

Prominent among the collection are a number of our townspeople, among them being one or two in Masonic regalia, which are really well done and artistically finished.

Mr Ries has now been a resident in the town for a number of years; and his work is so well known in the district that it needs no comment from us, suffice it to say that Mr Ries seems to thoroughly understand his business. Mr Ries's studio is at the rear of the Oddfellows' Hall, entrance to which may be had through the door fronting Derwent-street.

Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume 24, Issue 1264, 17 February 1894

A well-known resident of Naseby, Mr Malcolm Ries, photographer, died at the hospital early on Tuesday morning after a few weeks' illness. Deceased, who was about 65 years of age at the time of his death, was buried on Wednesday afternoon.
Mount Ida Chronicle, Volume 31, Issue 9218, 25 May 1900


photograph by The Edinburgh Photo. Co., Otago, N.Z.
[purchased August 2020]

photograph by The Edinburgh Photo. Co., Otago, N.Z.
[purchased August 2020]

photograph by The Edinburgh Photo. Co., Otago, N.Z.
[purchased August 2020]

photograph by The Edinburgh Photo. Co., Otago, N.Z.
[purchased August 2020]


photograph by The Edinburgh Photo. Co., Otago, N.Z.
[purchased August 2020]

M. Reis

Ries and Hart
Artists and Photographers
Otago, N.Z.

Ries and Co.
Artists and Photographers
Otago, N.Z.


Ries and Co.
Blue Spur

North Otago Times, Volume XXIII, Issue 1200, 16 February 1876, Page 3

[1] Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen's Land Advertiser, Fri 3 Sep 1824, Page 2