1. Albertene Fischer born 29 March 1882 Christchurch, birth reg 1882/7433, died 30 October 1971 Auckland, reg. 1971/42382 aged 89, reg. married 4 April 1914, reg. 1914/7793 Thomas Kelly, he died 1955 Auckland
1a. Maud Louise Kelly 16 January 1915 Napier, reg. 1915/3038, died 17 September 1963 Auckland, married 1947, Frederick Roberts
2. Alfred or Adolf Fischer born 12 January 1883 Christchurch, died 1934 Christchurch, married 30 January 1925, Agnes Orr, born 26 March 1884 Scotland, died 18 April 1951 Christchurch
3. Mary Ann Fischer born 11 November 1885 Christchurch, reg. 1886/493 (as Fisher), died 1978 Ontario, Canada, married 26 December 1912 St John's Church, Christchurch, John Frederick Hulbert Hurley (boilermaker), born 1888, London, England son of John James Hurley and Elizabeth Ann Tremain, died 1936 Windsor, Ontario, Canada,
3a. John Frederick Hurley birth registered 1915/21105
3b. Alfred Mervyn Hurley birth registered 1917/23648
4. Emil Gottlieb Henry Fischer "Harry" (plumber), born 6 June 1887, birth reg 1887/8157, died 8 June 1971, New South Wales, Australia, reg 49047/1971 St Leonards as Harry Emil Fischer, buried Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, section 12 row 32, married 1 September 1915 St Stephen's Church, Newtown, NSW, Sarah Mabel Appleby born circa 1888 Hobart, Tasmania, daughter of Thomas Hill Appleby and Rosina Philhelmina Bock died 3 September 1938, buried Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, section 12 row 32
4a. Sydney Fischer (builder) born circa 1927 Sydney, Australia, married 3 May 1953 St Matthews Church, Manly, Valda Mary Reynolds born circa 1931 Manly, daughter of David Owen Reynolds and Lillian Rose Sullivan
[4b. Hilda Lillian Mary Fischer??]
5. Alfred Friederich Fischer born 13 October 1888 Timaru, reg 1888/10106, died 1 November 1978 Greymouth, reg. 1978/42732 as Alfred Frederick Fischer. Went to Alaska about 1914 and served with the United States forces during WWI, married 1932 Mary Coulter Toal born 13 May 1899 Glasgow, died 1974 Greymouth
6. Elise Josephine Fischer (1915 - 65 Lester Street, Linwood, Christchurch) born 5 December 1889 Timaru, birth reg 1890/3928, died 19 March 1941, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, married 5 December 1912, Methodist Church, Fitzgerald Avenue, Christchurch, reg 1912/8666 Thomas Henry Price (mechanical engineer) born circa 1888 London, England, fourth son of Alfred James Price and Mary Ann Young, he died 31 August 1915 aged 27 years, buried Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch.
6a. Richard Price born 24 October 1913 Christchurch, reg 1913/23638
6b. Alice Maud Price born 23 January 1919 Christchurch
she married secondly 1917, reg. 1917/283 John James Price
7. Albert Georg Fischer (plumber) (First NZEF 4/1076) born 18 September 1891 Timaru, reg 1891/15535, died 15 March 1976 Windermere Hospital, Christchurch, married 24 October 1917 St Saviours Church, Sydenham, Christchurch, Ivy Louise Annie Duckmanton daughter of Thomas Duckmanton and Alice Eliza Clintker
7a. Henry George Fischer born 17 September 1918 (1976 - Auckland)
7b. Doreen Phyllis Fischer born 20 January 1920 (Mrs Wimsett, 1976 - Blenheim)
8. Louisa Fischer born 29 January 1894 Timaru, birth reg 1894/1020, died 23 May 1917 Wellington aged 23 years, reg. 1917/3799, buried Karori Cemetery, Wellington.
9. Isabella Maud Fischer born 7 October 1900, (registration of death incorrectly shows 7 October 1901), birth reg 1900/18914, died 22 March 1976 Christchurch, reg. 1976/27504, married 1928, reg. 1928/842 Norman John Ivan McLeod he died 9 February 1965 Christchurch aged 65 years, reg. 1965/24788
9a. Janice Wayne McLeod born 28 January 1933 Christchurch, died 9 July 1994 Christchurch, married John F. Penney
9b. Graham Michael McLeod (1976 - Hobart)
2. Alfred Friederich Fischer(5)
3. Albert Georg Fischer (7)
4. Albertene Fischer (1)
5. Isabella Maud Fischer (9)
6. Katharina Fischer nee Blab
7. Adolf Fischer (2)
8. Mary Ann Fischer (3)
9. Louisa Fischer (8)
10. Emil Gottlieb Henry Fischer (4)
On 16 March 1882 Adolf and Katharina Fischer of Willowbank, Christchurch witnessed the marriage of his sister Rosa Fischer to Johann Heinrich Otto (cabinetmaker) at the Manse in Tuam Street. Rosa Fischer was born in Rorschach, Switzerland the daughter of Albert Fischer and Gertrud Boetsch. Adolf Fischer 's occupation was given as a photographer.
1885 - 1886
On 17 December 1885 it was announced in the Grey River Argus that Williams’s Portrait Rooms had reopened under the management of Adolf Fischer. The Portrait Rooms had previously been under the management of W. H. Clarke until at least May 1885. Clarke was formerly of Lambton Quay, Wellington. Adolf Fischer continued as manager until at least 12 February 1886.
February 1887 - 1899
[this notice first appeared in the Timaru Herald on 7 February 1887 and continued until 8 March 1887]
A. G. Fischer,
INTENDS to Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee by giving the Public of South Canterbury a chance to get 12 Beautifully Finished CABINET PHOTOS for 15s; usual price 25s (a chance that may never occur again). Deposit Tickets 2s 6d each, BALANCE (12s 6d) TO BE PAID AT TIME OF SITTING. Holders of Deposit Tickets may be taken any time up to Christmas.
Tickets may be had at the Studio, or at Mr Hutton's, Bookseller, Theatre Royal Cigar Divan, or Mrs Pitt's Registry Office. Sale of Tickets for ONE MONTH ONLY, commencing on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th, after which the usual price will be charged.
Early application for Tickets is necessary as the sale is limited to 1000, and on no account will this number be exceeded.
P.S.— All Photos to be finished to the entire satisfaction of the sitter. Inspection of the Studio is cordially invited. Persons from the country can obtain Deposit Tickets by sending post note or stamps for 2s 6d.
(Next Watkins', Chemist)
Main North Road, Timaru.
The suite of rooms recently vacated by Mr R. Haigh, have been taken up by Mr Fischer, formerly manager for the late Mr Schroup (sic), the well-known photographer of Christchurch, and in this well-known gallery he is developing a most superior kind of photography. The reception-room is handsomely furnished, and the "printing" office (where the ordinary work is done, of transferring the image from the negative) is supplied with all the mysterious and numerous requisites of the photographic artist. The studio wherein photos are taken is light and airy and spacious, and abundantly supplied with accessories. Out of this opens the dark condemned cell to which first impressions are hastily consigned to undergo certain processes to make them fit to see the light. Mr Fischer has all the very latest improvements, and he will soon have two new powerful lenses. A special feature of the portraits is the enamelling process by which the beauty of the picture is immensely augmented, Mr Fischer has extended the time for closing the sole of Jubilee Cabinet Photo Tickets to Saturday July 23rd.
The members of the Timaru Garrison Band turned out yesterday morning, and had their photographs taken (in a group) by Mr Fischer. We understand that, as three members of the band leave for Australia this week, the picture has been taken to present to them as a eouvenir (sic).
A. G. FISCHER.
[this notice appeared in the Timaru Herald until 9 August 1888]
The members of the Pirates Football Club mustered at Mr A. G. Fischer's photographic studio yesterday afternoon, and had their picture taken in a group. The photographs are to be kept by members as souvenirs.
Mr A. G. Fischer announces that he will continue to take cabinet photographs at a low price till the 24th inst., after which the price will be raised. Intending patrons should read the notice and not fail to inspect the high-class work Mr Fischer is turning out.
Mr Fischer, photographer, has now finished the views he took last Thursday of the opening gathering of the Timaru Boating Club. The photographs are excellent, and members should one and all secure a copy as a souvenir of the season of 1888-89.
The Timaru Naval Artillery mustered at the drillshed yesterday morning to enable Mr A. Fischer, the photographer, to take photos of them, which when finished are to be presented as souvenirs to Lieutenant-commandant E. Gooch, who, consequent on removal to Napier, is about to resign his command of the corps. Mr Fischer succeeded in securing good negatives, from which he hopes to develop splendid photographs of the corps.
MEETING OF CREDITORS.
A meeting of the creditors of Adolf Fischer, photographer, was held at the Deputy-Official Assignee's office yesterday afternoon. Mr Alexander Montgomery, Deputy-Official Assignee, presided, and the creditors present were Messrs H. M. West, J. H. Smith, W. Ballantyne, J. Murray, W. Kernohan, G. P. Wood, M. Salek, T. Wells, G. Strachan, J. Storrier, and R. Clark (the last named had not proved). The bankrupt in reply to questions said that he had been in business in Timaru for about 8 years, starting with about £50. He attributed his difficulties to bad times and scarcity of work. He had no proposal to make, to his creditors. He had held a private meeting and offered 5s in the £, but this offer had not been accepted. Some of his creditors were willing to accept the offer; others were not. His rent had been 25s per week. The list showed that bankrupt owed unsecured creditors £332 10s; that Mr A. E. G. Rhodes was a secured creditor, the value of the security being £550 and amount of debt £470. Bankrupt's stock was valued at £200, book; debts £10, furniture £20, other property (horse, trap, pigs, poultry, shares Building Society and Farmers' Co-operative Association) £26, surplus from securities £80; thus showing an apparent surplus of assets over liabilities of £3 18s 2d. It was resolved that the bankrupt should keep his studio open, and assist the Assignee to realise on the estate to the best of his ability, and in return he be allowed to keep his horse, buggy, harness, tools, fowls, pigs, and furniture for his services; that he be recommended for immediate discharge; and that the Assignee advertise the business for sale in the Timaru, Christchurch, Oamaru, and Dunedin papers. The meeting then closed.
Messrs Guinness and Le Cren, local agents for the Walter A. Wood Co., have now on view at their offices two very fine photographs, one photograph showing the Walter A. Wood exhibits, which were at the late show, on trucks, Timaru, and the other photograph the exhibits on their way to the ground, drawn by Chaffey's traction engine. The photographs in addition to being a good advertisement, are splendidly clear, and are a credit to Mr A. Fischer.
A Most Deserving Case.
J. S. Keith, Mayor.
Messrs Fischer and Hardy have in their show window two excellently clear photographs of the wreck of the Elginshire, showing the two sides separately. The port side view shows the snapped-off bow lying to the left some distance away from the rest of the hull, the deck tilted to the southward. This must have needed a great force to move it bodily so far. It is odd that the bow was not carried the other way, deck to north.
1913 - 1917
Mr. A. Fischer, photographer, of Napier, again contradicts the rumour that he is a German, and points out that he is a Swiss and his wife is British. Mr. Fischer, who has been resident over forty years in the colonies, has a son, also two brothers-in-law, lighting with the Allies.
Mr. H. B. Lusk appeared for complainant and Mr. L. A. Rogers for defendant.
Defendant said he had offered to give her 10/- a week, but she had refused this. He had to pay a housekeeper, and was only making between £2 10/- and £3 a week. When they had parted he claimed the children, but she took them. With respect to the sale of property he had given her £100 and half of the furniture.
After further examination, His Worship said defendant had had a good holiday and he should now keep his wife in her old age.
Ordered to pay £1 per week towards the maintenance of his wife, also to pay £3 3/- costs of the order.
1918 - 1936
These statements were made in a boarding house. Accused said he was a Swiss, and had two sons at the front.
Evidence was given to the effect that the statements and others of a similar tenor were made in a boarding house. Accused said he was a Swiss and had been in the Dominion forty years. He had eight children and always enjoined loyalty to Britain. Two sons were at the front. He denied ' making the statements. He had lived in Germany from ten years of age until he was fifteen. His wife, who had deserted him, was a German.
Accused was fined £25 the Magistrate (Mr. Hunt) remarking that the case was not so bad as if the utterance had been made in a public place; such as a hotel.
The words complained of, as stated in the charge, were "The British are lairs;. they lied in South Africa; the British will never win the war; Germany will never go down; she will win the day; the British would do worse things than the Germans, and have done so, but it will never be known until after the war; they are getting what they deserve."
Annie C. Nicholson, keeper of an apartment-house at 104, Nelson Street, said that accused and his wife stayed at her house for about a fortnight in May. The war was often discussed, and on these occasions accused became very excited, and made the statement complained of, as well as remarks of a similar nature. These statements were made in the presence of Mrs. Davis and other people. From his utterances witness considered accused a most disloyal man.
Mrs. A Davis, who was living with Mrs. Nicholson, corroborated the latter's evidence as to accused's utterances. Accused was always talking in this strain. His wife told him not to talk about the British in that way, as she had brothers at the front.
Defendant said he was a Swiss, and had been in New Zealand 40 years. He had eight children, and had always enjoined them to be loyal to Britain. Two sons were at the front. He denied the statements attributed to him, and said he had never run the British down, or sided with the Germans.
Cross-examined: He was in Germany from the time he was 10 years of age until he was 15. His wife, from whom he had been separated 11 years, was in Christchurch, and he had been living with another woman since then. His wife was a German. Questioned as to some names in his notebook, he said one was that of a German friend in Samoa. At the time of the Boer War witness was in Timaru, and people regarded him as a German. In Napier he issued an advertisement [on 18 May 1915] that he was a Swiss, to remove the impression that he was a German. Witness could speak German, and also a little French. He had to give up his business as a photographer because people thought he was a German.
Annie Woods, who lived with accused, denied that he had ever made any seditious utterances.
Defendant's daughter said two of her brothers were at the front, one had returned, and another had been rejected.
George Edwards, a returned soldier, who had rooms at Mrs. Nicholson's house, said he had often discussed the war with accused, who never showed any disloyalty.
The magistrate said the accused had German relatives, German names were written in his book, he spoke German, and his evidence was not satisfactory. The case was proved, but it was not as bad as if the utterances had been made in a public place, such as an hotel. The object of the regulations was to stop such loose talk, and accused was fined £25 and 23s costs.
The allegation was that during May he stated that the British were liars, and were getting what they deserved; that they would do worse things than the Germans did, and that Germany would never go down.
Annie Nicholson, who keeps an apartment house in Nelson Street, said that at the beginning of May defendant and his wife took a room at her house. She understood that Fischer was a Swiss, and that he had just come from Wellington, where, for ten years, he had been a photographer, but had been burnt out. During conversations witness had with Fischer the latter spoke in a disloyal manner, and when she spoke about a ship that was torpedoed he seemed to go mad. He said the British were liars, and could not prove the Germans torpedoed the ship. He also said the British had done worse things, and were just getting what they deserved, but Germany would not go down. Mrs Fischer stuck up for the British, but was told by her husband to keep quiet. Fischer stayed only a fortnight at the house.
The defendant stated that he was [illegible - 60?] years of age, and had lived 40 years in New Zealand, and his eight children had been born in the country. One of his sons was in France, another was a returned soldier, and a third had enlisted in America. He denied that he had ever been disloyal in word or deed, and that he had used the words alleged by Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Davis. All he did was to express a doubt as to the truth of all the tales about German atrocity, especially to children, and he had quoted an American magazine on the subject. He said he had been born in Switzerland, and had been in Germany on one occasion only, when he was about fifteen years of age. He admitted that he had had trouble in his business at Timaru and at Napier because of his German sounding name.
Annie Wood, who had lived in the same house as defendant, corroborated defendant's denial of the use of the words alleged, and defendant's daughter and other witnesses, including a returned soldier stated that defendant did not utter disloyal sentiments.
The magistrate prefaced his judgment by remarking that though such a case was difficult to prove it was very much more difficult to defend, because the section of the Act under which the charge had been laid was very wide. He considered the ease proved. A leopard could not change his spots. Defendant had German relatives, had German names in a book he possessed, and, moreover, he spoke German. The whole object of the Act, to his mind, was to stop such loose talk as he held had been proved against defendant, who would be fined £25 and costs 23/.
The Southern Provinces Almanac 1888
A. Fischer, Timaru
The Southern Provinces Almanac 1889
A. Fischer, Timaru
The Southern Provinces Almanac 1890
A. Fischer, Timaru
1890 - Timaru Electoral Roll - photographer
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1890-91
Fischer Adolph G. Great North rd. Timaru
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1892-93
Fischer Adolph, portrait & landscape photographer, Stafford Street, Timaru
Canterbury and West Coast Electoral Rolls 1893
Fischer, Adolf, Timaru. Photographer
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1894-95
Fischer Adolf, Stafford Street, Timaru
1896 - Timaru Electoral Roll - photographer (wife Katerina)
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1896-97
Fischer Adolf, 117a Stafford Street, Timaru
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1898-99
Fischer Adolf, 117a Stafford Street, Timaru
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1900
Fischer & Hardy, 69 Stafford Street, Timaru
1900 - Timaru Electoral Roll - photographer
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1901
Fischer Adolf, 96 Stafford Street, Timaru
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1902
Fischer Adolf, 96 Stafford Street, Timaru
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1903
Fischer Adolf, 96 Stafford Street, Timaru
1903 Electoral Roll
71 Harper Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, photographer
The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1904
Fischer Adolf, 96 Stafford Street, Timaru
1911 - Wellington Central Electoral Roll - Adolf Fischer, 175 Vivian Street, Wellington, photographer
1911 - Napier Electoral Roll - Adolph Fischer, Brewster Street, Napier, photographer
1914 - Napier Electoral Roll - Adolph Fischer, Emerson Street, Napier, photographer
1935 - Auckland Central Electoral Roll - 26 Day Street, Auckland, photographer
with Ernest Ludwig Fischer, clerk
(This photo is not part of my collection)
Alice Coward by Fischer's Studio, Napier
Mr Fischer has been in Nome, Alaska, for the past 12 years, except for a period of service with the United States forces during the latter part of the war, and during that time he has been engaged in dredging and sluicing for gold. In November last he decided to come back to New Zealand for a holiday, and he will return to Nome next April.
Never a Bad Town.
Among the many interesting things Mr Fischer showed to the pressman were a ptarmigan's foot, so thickly covered with fine feathers resembling fur that the bird is protected from the snow, with broad, shovel-like claws for digging in. The plumage of these birds changes with every season of the year, and during the nesting season they lose their scent. One nested six inches from the track near Mr Fischer's claim, and yet a dog could never locate it by smell. Another interesting thing was a photograph, taken at 9.30 p.m. in the sunlight on a day when the sun rose at 2 p.m. and set at 10.
Sixty Days a Year.
"We have one month of really fine weather, quite as good as Christchurch," he continued, "and three months of the year are pretty good. In the heat of the summer corrugated iron becomes so hot that you cannot press your hand against it. There is not much growth round our way, only stunted willows and the like, and all timber has to come from 80 miles to the south. Salmonberries and blueberries grow round Nome, and in South-Eastern Alaska they rear wonderful strawberries.
Not so Prosperous as it Was.
"Is Prohibition in force in Alaska as in other parts of the' United States?" asked the reporter.
"About as much as it is in other parts of America," answered Mr Fischer. Breaches of the law are winked at, and there is a lot of 'hooch' distilled."
In conclusion, Mr Fischer, who, by the way, is a "sourdough " - a man who has stayed in Alaska over the winter season - told the reporter about two men who made 110,000 dollars each in a lucky strike. One man went to Sweden and opened an hotel, the other "blued" his money in a year and returned to Nome, where he begged food until he could find a job.