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

Cunningham and Blyth

Cunningham and Blyth
D. M. Cunningham and Blyth
unknown man photographed by Cunningham and Blyth, Hawera
[purchased February 2021]

Lawrence, Harriet Eleanor, nee Black


Harriet Eleanor Lawrence nee Black
Harriet Eleanor Black [or Harriet Helena Black], born circa 1848 Uitenhage, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, the daughter of William Cornwall Black and Frances Elizabeth Grace Carter and granddaughter of Henry Collis Carter, a Doctor of Medicine in Uitenhage, died on 15 April 1898 at the residence of Mrs Manhire, 9 York Street, off Barbadoes Street, Christchurch aged 47 years, reg. 1898/2190, buried 17 April 1898 Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch, block 23C, plot 46, married 14 March 1863 Port Natal, South Africa, Samuel Charles Louis Lawrence [photographer]born circa 1831-33 Middlesex, London, arrived in New Zealand before April 1866 [when his daughter Fanny Maria Lawrence was born], died 9 September 1891 Ashburton, Canterbury aged 58 years, reg. 1891/4152, buried 11 September 1891, Ashburton Cemetery, area 13, plot 7. 

Following the death of her husband, Charles Lawrence in 1891, Harriet Lawrence carried on the business until about 1895.

Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2814, 1 November 1892, Page 3
A Golden Wedding at Ashburton.— A very pleasant gathering of friends and old settlers took place on Thursday, to honour the occasion of the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs Joseph Hunt, of Seeall Farm, near Ashburton...  About midday the guests began to assemble, and by three o’clock about eighty had arrived from far and near. At four o’clock they were brought into the garden and photographed in front of the house by Mrs Lawrence, of Ashburton...
Lyttelton Times, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 9883, 15 November 1892, Page 4
 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XV, Issue 3386, 17 September 1894, Page 1
 Mrs Lawrence last advertised in Ashburton on 17 September 1894.
The pupils of Mrs Bowman Fox commence the first term on Monday next, in the rooms in Saunders' Buildings, same entrance as Mrs Lawrence's photographic studio.
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XV, Issue 3478, 5 January 1895, Page 2
A short time ago Mr F. Cooper, photographer, took over the studio of the late Mrs Lawrence, in Saunders' Buildings, and is now carrying on business there. The people of Ashburton are fortunate in this matter, inasmuch as Mr Cooper is one of the ablest operators in the colony. For years he was the trusted emissary of Messrs Wheeler and Son, a colonial firm with an almost universal reputation. It was from his plates that Wheeler's pictures of New Zealand lake scenery were taken. In 1889 he accompanied Mr G E. Mannering, when that gentleman ascended Mount Cook, and it may he said that the educational value of these Alpine ascents is very greatly enhanced by the story which Mr Cooper's photographs tell. In 1890 Messrs Wheeler and Son sent Mr Cooper to the Sounds on the West Coast, and from that mission he returned with valuable spoils to the number of sixty, depicting Sounds scenery, and the celebrated Sutherland Falls. In November, 1890, in order to illustrate a lecture by Mr Mannering, on "The glaciers of the Tasman valley," Mr Cooper spent a month among the glaciers, reaching as high an altitude as 8000 feet, the Mount Cook range, and personally went through all the risks, dangers, and discomforts of the Alpine climber to secure his slides for Mr Mannering's lantern. In 1891 he was again engaged on similar work, and in 1893 he travelled through the lake district gathering beauties as he went for his firm. It was from his plates that most of the beautiful illustrations were worked that adorn Mr Mannering's book "With axe and rope in the New Zealand Alps," published in London and New York by Longmans, Green, and Co. in 1891, and in the preface to the book the value of Mr Cooper's work is acknowledged. Mr Cooper also holds a testimonial of high value from Mr Malcolm Ross, another celebrated New Zealand climber, but the best testimonial of all are the samples of his Ashburton and Christchurch work, not among dead rocks and sleeping glaciers, however beautiful and grand, but among living people and the lively homes in which they live. These pictures, to be seen m the vestibule of his studio, are well worth a visit.
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 4617, 6 October 1898, Page 3 

The Australasian Portrait Rooms

The Australasian Portrait Rooms
William Tyree, 
Portrait & Landscape Photographer


A unnamed woman by The Australasian Portrait Rooms
[purchased January 2021]

Woolley, George Ernest

George Ernest Woolley
born 10 May 1877 - died 2 June 1952 
Portrait of George Ernest Woolley and his wife, Annie Nellie Woolley. Date unknown. Image kindly provided by Janet Watkins (December 2018). Image has no known copyright restrictions.
photograph from Online Cenotaph

The Art Studio
 Adele Younghusband and George Ernest Woolley 

reverse inscription "James E. Harris, 1927"
[purchased December 2020]
  [purchased December 2020]
reverse inscription "1927 M. E. H." 
[purchased December 2020]
reverse inscription "1927 M. E. H."
[purchased December 2020]
reverse inscription "1927 M. E. H."
 [purchased December 2020]
 [purchased December 2020]


Bell's Camera House

Bell's Camera House
Wellington, Wanganui, Waiouru Military Camp

 Gordon Harry Moreland by Bell's Camera House
reverse inscription "628969 Spr. G. H. Moreland"
[purchased December 2020]

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.