Alfred Gadd seems to be a different photographer to Alfred V. Gadd. (Alfred V. Gadd had a son named Alfred however it is not known yet if he is the photographer Alfred Gadd)
Eden George v. A. Gadd, claim £27.10s. Mr Russell for defendant. Plaintiff claimed for faulty work done by defendant while plaintiff was absent in Melbourne.
Vivian Keabins (?), a photographer in the employ of plaintiff said his business was to pass the good opals over to Mr George's house to be finished off. Before plaintiff left for Melbourne 10 per cent of the opals were bad but during plaintiff's absence 80 per cent were bad. Recollected speaking to defendant about the opals on July 7. Witness asked him to try and improve the opals, and he replied that he was going to "chuck it."
A number of bad opals were produced in Court. Witness was an experienced photographer, and the chemicals used by plaintiff were of the best. When defendant left he did so without giving notice. To Mr Russell: About three hundred and sixty bad opals were turned out by defendant. J. Wardley, a photographer, deposed to the chemicals used by the firm as being the best. Any grease or oil mixed with chemicals would spoil an opal. Witness could not say how the opals in Court were spoilt.
Miss May Seager said she saw a large number of bad opals brought into the studio a few days after plaintiff left for Melbourne. Numerous complaints had been made, and a number of persons had to wait a considerable time before they received their opals, so they had to be done again when Mr George returned from Melbourne.
Leonard Whitehead, Edward Hancock, Edward Warren and Alfred Wallace gave evidence. Eden George, the plaintiff, said he left for Melbourne on June 17. Previous to his departure he asked defendant to be careful with the opals. On his return he found that a large number of bad opals had been turned out, and his business had suffered considerably.
(Judgment was given for defendant.) - Star , Issue 7341, 15 August 1892, Page 3
Mr Alfred Gadd, photographer, who has been very successful during his short sojourn in Ashburton, announces that he will leave on Monday. We have seen some specimens of Mr Gadd's finished work, and they are excellent in every way.
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2805, 21 October 1892, Page 2
Star, Issue 7343, 17 August 1892, Page 2
Star, Issue 7423, 18 November 1892, Page 2