Thomas Attwood

also see Gerstenkorn and Attwood
born circa 1834 -1836 Wall Heath, Staffordshire
married Julia Kendrick 31 May 1860 Edgbaston, Warwick
sailed Gravesend 13 December 1882 on the "Crusader"
arrived Lyttelton, New Zealand 22 March 1883
died 15 April 1904 Palmerston North, New Zealand aged 70
buried Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North Block 023 Plot 0200

The 1871 census shows Thomas Attwood living at 105½ Great Hampton Street in Birmingham, England with his wife Julia and children Millicent Kendrick Attwood (later Mrs George Nelson Haxell), Thomas Reginald Attwood, Florence Amelia Attwood and Ernest Jones Attwood along with a servant Hannah Taylor. Thomas Attwood was then aged 36 years is shown as a photographer.

This address shown as Great Hampton Street rather than Great Hampton Road was also the location of his studio, it appears therefore that the family lived in accommodation above the photographic studio.

source: 1871 England Census [database on-line] Class: RG10; Piece: 3129; Folio: 33; Page: 11; GSU roll: 839584.

In 1881 the census shows Thomas Attwood, photographer residing at 26 Snow Hill, Birmingham. He was then aged 47 years, his wife Julia was aged 48 years and his son Thomas Reginald Attwood aged 16 years is a carver and gilder . Two further children Maud Louisa and George Rinaldo Attwood are shown. The daughter Florence from the previous census is not shown.



above - Corporal Royal Marine Light Infantry
a photograph by Thomas Attwood, Photographer,
105 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, England.


... in 1887 was listed as a photographer, Sydenham, Christchurch. His son was the painter Thomas Reginald Attwood (c.1865-1926)

Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook Avon Fine Prints, 1980, Christchurch.(incorrectly shows him as arriving on the Merope)

In 1888 Thomas Attwood and Eden George exhibited photographs at the Melbourne Exhibition.
Star, Issue 6189, 17 March 1888, Page 3

Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7136, 4 August 1888, Page 1

Working Men's Club.— A handsome gift has been made to the Christchurch Working Men's Club by Messrs Attwood and Co., photographers, who have presented a framed set of cabinet photographs of the President, Committee and officers of the Club. The likenesses are, in all cases, very good, and, from an artistic point of view, the photographs are excellent. It is probable that the frame will be hung in the social hall of the Club.
Star, Issue 6355, 28 September 1888, Page 3

Picnic. — The choir of the Durham street Wesleyan Chapel held their annual picnic on Thursday at Mr Bashford's paddock, Harewood road, being conveyed there in two of Lamb's commodious drags. A most enjoyable day was spent, cricket, lawn tennis and sundry other games being pursued with considerable vigour. The day's enjoyment wound up with an al fresco concert, consisting of glees, part songs, &c. The party returned to town about 8.30. During the day the choir were photographed as a group by Mr Attwood, a member of the choir.
Star, Issue 6455, 26 January 1889, Page 3

An enlarged photograph of the late Dr Deamer, executed by Messrs Attwood and Co., and corresponding in size to those already in the Lodgeroom (Loyal City of Christchurch Lodge), of the late Drs Iliffe and Campbell, was uncovered. Members present all agreed that the photographers had succeeded in producing a life-like and artistic picture...
Star, Issue 6558, 29 May 1889, Page 1

SAILED. July 1 — Kahu, s.s, 93 tons, Romeril, for Chatham Islands. Kinsey and Co., agents. Passengers — Misses Shand (2), Mr and Mrs Attwood, Mr and Mrs Jacobs, Mrs Miller, ten natives.
Star, Issue 6894, 2 July 1890, Page 2

Attwood and Co. (Thomas Attwood and Thomas Reginald Attwood), Artists and Photographers, Gilders, and Picture Framers, The Square, Palmerston North. Private residence, George Street. Both partners his from Birmingham, where Mr. Attwood, senior, learned his business. In 1871 he took a silver medal against all England at the Agricultural Hall for photographs, Mr. T. R. Attwood studied are at the Birmingham School of Art. Both came to New Zealand by ship “Crusader,” in 1883. Previous to leaving for the Colony, Mr. Attwood, senior, was for fifteen years in business in Birmingham. On arrival in New Zealand the firm commenced business in Christchurch, where they continued till 1891, when they removed to Palmerston North. The leasehold premises occupied extend to 1400 square feet, and contain a show-room, where excellent specimens of work are exhibited, a large and well lighted studio, ladies' waiting-room, and other apartments required. Mr. T. R. Attwood has recently painted a remarkably fine background for the studio, which is well adapted for the business. Messrs. Attwood and Co. are direct importers of photographic goods and chemicals. They execute all kinds of photography in first-class style, their enlargements being really splendid. The writer saw some excellent specimens of the firm's work, some really fine groups being well worthy of remark.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Death. Attwood. — On October 9th, at her daughter's residence, Hampstead (Ashburton), Julia, relict of the late Thomas Attwood, of Palmerston North; aged 79 years. Private interment at Christchurch.
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXI, Issue 8186, 11 October 1910, Page 2

She was buried in Sydenham Cemetery, block 2E plot 70

Attwood — Batchelor.— Nov. 10, at the residence of the bride's parents, Kilmore Street, by the Rev Pastor Birch, Ernest Jones, second son of Thomas Attwood, late of Birmingham, England, to Alice Maud, fifth daughter of Thomas Batchelor, late of Dover, England.
The Star, Issue 5123, 4 December 1894, Page 3

Attwood — Williams.— At Emmanuel Congregational Church, Palmerston North, on Tuesday, June 30th, by Rev. S Baker, Thomas Reginald Attwood, eldest son of Mr Thomas Attwood, Palmerston North, to Alecia Williams, second daughter of Mrs Captain Brown, late of Kumara.
The Feilding Star, Volume XXV, Issue 13, 1 July 1903, Page 2

Press, Volume LXI, Issue 12020, 22 October 1904, Page 12

The Southern Provinces Almanac 1886
Attwood and Son, Cashel street, Christchurch
T. Attwood, Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

The Southern Provinces Almanac 1887
T Attwood, Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

Wise's Directory for 1887-88
Attwood Thos., Colombo road, Christchurch

The Southern Provinces Almanac 1889
Attwood and Son, Cashel street, Christchurch
T. Attwood, Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

The Southern Provinces Almanac 1890
Attwood and Son, Cashel Street, Christchurch

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1890-91
Attwood (Thos.) & Co. 224A Cashel street, Chch

Christchurch Electoral Roll 1890
Including Suppliments 1, 2 and 3.
Attwood Thomas, Colombo Road, Sydenham, Photographer. no. 214

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1892-93
Attwood (Thos.) & Co., 224a Cashel Street, Christchurch

Canterbury and West Coast Electoral Rolls 1893
Attwood, Thomas, Sydenham, Christchurch. Photographer no. 105

Milicent Kendrick Attwood born 6 September 1862 Harborne, Stafford, England
Thomas Reginald Attwood born 20 October 1864 Kings Norton, Worcester, England
Florence Amelia Attwood born 24 September 1867 All Saints, Birmingham, Warwick, England
Ernest Jones Attwood born 7 May 1869 All Saints, Birmingham, Warwick, England
George Renaldo Attwood born 29 August 1873 Birmingham, Warwick, England

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