M. Heslop & Co

Heslop's Photographic Rooms

Heslop Bros.
Imperial Studio
Lichfield Street, Christchurch
later at Colombo Street, Christchurch


Mowbray Heslop born circa 1838, Sunderland, Durham England, the son of George Heslop and his wife Jane Kitchener.

Press, Volume X, Issue 1208, 20 September 1866, Page 2


When a fire broke out in a workshop attached to Bailey's timber works in a block of land bounded by Cashel, Colombo, Lichfield and High Streets, water from a well at the rear of Mr Heslop's photographic studio was used to help extinguish the fire.
The Star, 3 March 1869 page 2

Heslop's first studio was located in Lichfield Street, three doors from Colombo Street. This location would be about where the Bus Exchange building is now located.

Star, Issue 491, 13 December 1869, Page 4
 Press, Volume XVI, Issue 2148, 7 March 1870, Page 3

In about March 1870 Heslop's studio in Lichfield Street was taken over by Charles Walker.

Star, Issue 581, 31 March 1870, Page 3

Press, Volume XXV, Issue 3230, 7 January 1876, Page 4

At a fund raising event for the Hope of Christchurch Lodge of Good Templars, a large number of photographs and pictures were displayed at the music hall including a large portrait of the American temperance leader Samuel Dexter Hastings taken by Mr M. Heslop, photographer.

The Star, Issue 2513, 12 April 1876, Page 2.

Star, Issue 2578, 29 June 1876, Page 2

Later in 1876 a photograph of Mrs Lodge was presented to her by "Mr Hislop (sic), photographer of this city" in recognition of her services to the Hope of Christchurch Lodge.

Star, Issue 2632, 31 August 1876, Page 2

Star, Issue 2684, 2 November 1876, Page 3

Star, Issue 2731, 30 December 1876, Page 2

The Gloucester Street Fire.— We observe that Mr M. Heslop, photographer, of Colombo street, has produced an excellent photographic picture of the ruins of the late fire in Gloucester street, taken immediately after the occurrence, and showing the temporary structure which was at once set up by Mr Baylee. The picture will of course possess considerable interest for those more immediately concerned, and it is also valuable as an example of the fine work which may be accomplished by the use of photographic lenses of the newest construction. Although photographed at a very short distance from the ruins, the large angular aperture of the lens has enabled tho operator to include along vista in his picture, in every part of which the details are sharply defined, and the perspective true.
Star, Issue 3040, 31 December 1877, Page 2

Star, Issue 3459, 13 May 1879, Page 2

above - Timaru Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue , 27 September 1881, Page 1
card type 1. - blank

no photographer's name is shown on this photograph but it is clearly one by Heslop. It may be a copy by another photographer using a blank card.

card type 2. - hand written
card type 3. - rubber stamp












above : This photograph from the Canterbury Heritage collection.
above - cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection

card type 4. - rubber stamp, rounded corners
above - cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection


card type 5. - pre-printed card, rubber stamp
'Déposé' means Deposit, but here it is meant to mean 'patented'.




 above - cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection
card type 6. - pre-printed card, rubber stamp


card type 7. - pre-printed card with Garter belt - motto "honi soit qui mal y pense" -  shame on him who thinks evil of it (the motto of the Order of the Garter).



card type 9. - pre-printed card, initials shown in interior of Garter belt 

card type 9. - pre-printed card, rounded corners


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Sam said...

Mowbray Kitchener Heslop was my Great Great Uncle, the brother to my Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Heslop (then Miller, then Abbott). Mowbray left New Zealand and abandoned his first wife in New Zealand and remarried Emily Jane Bowern in Victoria before moving to Oregon, USA where he became a surgeon, before going back to photography (he left Emily and married a 3rd time). I have a photo of him.
The marriage extract on your site is of the marriage between Elizabeth Heslop and Charles Miller (master mariner). She later married Albert Abbott (self-proclaimed 'gentleman') in New Zealand and they moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1888 after the Christchurch earthquake.