COOPER, Frederick

Frederick Kingsford Jeken Cooper
born circa 1870
died 1 September 1943 aged 73 years
buried Ashburton Cemetery


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

Canterbury and West Coast Electoral Rolls 1893
Cooper, Frederick, Coopers Lane, St Albans, Christchurch. Photographer no 2416

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904
Cooper Fredk K., Ashburton

Stone's Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Westland Directory 1906
Cooper Fredk K., Ashburton

Stone's Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Westland Directory April 1914
Cooper F. K. 39 East Street, Ashburton

1 comment:

Kevin LJ said...

Thank you so much for posting this information and the other pages mentioning my great grand father, Frederick Cooper. I too am a photographer so find this history very special.