born 1834, arrived New Zealand on the Duke of Portland 1852, aged 18 years, died at his home in Kilmore Street, Christchurch, 15 December 1869 aged 35, buried plot 69, Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch
Mr C. Swinbourne, begs is announce that he is now prepared to take correct likenesses, coloured or otherwise, by the collodion process, daily, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 (5?) p.m.
Children's likenesses taken daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High street, Christchurch, Feb. 16.
Canterbury Standard 24 February 1859
Lyttelton Times, Volume XI, Issue 656, 19 February 1859, Page 5
We have always had a strong objection to praise or seen to puff the excellencies of anything that is a native product, simply as such; but we cannot refrain, for once, from commending the successful efforts at photographic portraiture exhibited by Mr. C. Swinbourne since his arrival in this town. We believe that Mr. Swinbourne received his early instruction, in the art from Mr. Elsbee, whose skill as a photographer is so highly, appreciated in this province; and we must say that the success of the disciple reflects credit upon the training he has received as well as upon his own artistic skill. We have seen specimens of Mr. Swinbourne's manipulation which speak for themselves of the progress he has made in a very short time, and which really stand well among the ordinary specimens of the art which are current in the colonies. We wish this painstaking gentleman every success.
Mr C. Swinbourne begs to intimate to the inhabitants of Timaru, and the surrounding stations, that the above rooms will be opened on the 1st January next, and will close on the 15th. all persons who intend having portraits of themselves, families, or friends, are particularly requested to make an early call, as Mr. Swinbourne's visit will be very short. Likenesses taken by him are well known all over Canterbury, and he will therefore leave them to speak for themselves.
The Lyttelton Times, 14 January 1863.
TemukaMr C. Swinbourne's Portrait Rooms, Temuka, will remain open until after the races. -
Timaru Herald, Volume IX, Issue 356, 24 October 1868, Page 3