DUTCH, Francis William

Francis William Dutch

also see Dutch and Bull

born circa 1855
died 1923 aged 68 years (BDM)

Francis William Dutch was born in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1855 the son of Henry Dutch, an iron and engine fitter and Mary Jane Dutch nee Whally. In the 1881 census he was aged 25 and living with his parents at 41 Boreham Road, Warminster, he was employed as a photographer's painter. He married Mary Ann Bull in 1883 in Derby.

By 1886 or 1887 he was in New Zealand and with his brother-in-law William Bull had a photographic studio at 113 Victoria Street, known as the Albion Studio. The new studio opened on 19 February 1887.(3) A newspaper advertisements from that year shows that Dutch and Bull had worked for the London photographers A. and T. Taylor. (1) They remained in Victoria Street until early in 1895 when Dutch moved to 31 Armagh Street and later moving to 84 Lichfield Street about 1900. During the 1906-07 International Expedition he was one of the photographers for a series of postcards issued by Smith and Anthony. Dutch remained in Lichfield Street until about 1912.

He had one known daughter, Eva Grace Jane Dutch born about 1889, she married Charles Edwin Featherstone about 1913.(2)

He died at Whitecliffe on 6 November 1923 aged 68. He was at this time a farmer at Rakaia. His wife died in 1942 aged 87. They are both buried in Rakaia Cemetery.

Sources: FreeBDM, Census 1861,1871 and 1881. Ashburton District Council cemetery records.

(1) Star, Issue 5850, 12 February 1887, Page 2
(2) BDM
(3) Star , Issue 5856, 19 February 1887, Page 2

Star, Issue 5166, 26 January 1895, Page 4

Wanted, a young girl to learn photographic printing. Apply F. W. Dutch, 84, Lichfield Street.
Star, Issue 7085, 29 April 1901, Page 3

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1896-97, 1898-99,
Dutch F. W., 31 Armagh Street, Christchurch

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1900, 1901
Dutch F. W. Victoria Street West, Christchurch

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906,
Dutch F. W., 84 Lichfield Street West, Christchurch

Stone's Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Westland Directory 1906
Dutch Francis Wm, photo enlarger, 84 Lichfield Street, Christchurch

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912,
Dutch F. W., 84 Lichfield street, Christchurch

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