CLARKE, William John

William John Clarke 
  The Dainty Studio
Waimate later Oamaru
[he was a brother of the photographer Charles Edward Clarke]

William John Clarke born 14 June 1872 Rotherhithe, Surrey, England son of William Clarke (labourer) and Elizabeth Ada Boatman, baptised 14 July 1872 All Saints Church, Rotherhithe,  arrived New Zealand before August 1899, died 6 March 1942 at his home, Lynn Street, Oamaru, reg. 1942/19407, buried 8 March 1942 Old Oamaru Cemetery, block 141, plots 35 and 36, married 2 August 1899 New Zealand, reg. 1899/3684, Kate Alice Hobbs born circa 1877, died 16 May 1967 Oamaru aged 90 years, reg.  1967/37106, buried 19 May 1967 Old Oamaru Cemetery, block 141, plots 35 and 36

1. Ada Lillian Clarke born 14 July 1903, reg. 1903/5371, died 12 August 1964 Oamaru aged 61 years, reg. 1964/44978, married 26 May 1926, St Luke's Church, Oamaru by Archdeacon Russell, reg. 1926/9601, Harry Spencer born 1 January 1902, died 28 November 1983 Oamaru, reg. 1983/50907
1a. Shirley Spencer born 22 March 1927, died 2008/7253, married John William Stenton
1b. Audrey Spencer - Mrs Collier
2. Doris Iona Clarke born 1 August 1908, reg. 1908/17820, died 25 March 1985 Burwood, Christchurch, reg. 1985/45420, married 20 April 1935, reg. 1935/3073 Daniel Kane Watson, draper, Rangiora, he died 12 November 1978 at his residence 27 Ayers Street, Rangiora
2a. Alan John Watson
2b. Gerald William Watson

Mr William John Clarke, whose death occurred at his home, Lynn street, on Friday, after a prolonged illness, was also a well-known resident of the town. He came to Oamaru from Waimate, and established the photographic business known as The Dainty Studios, in Thames street. He built up a prosperous business, and on his retirement a few years ago he disposed of it to Mr J. Robertson [James McLean Robertson 1907-1977]. He was a popular member of the Meadowbank Bowling Club.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 24860, 9 March 1942
 from about January 1905 - about May 1906
Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume VI, Issue 7, 19 January 1905, Page 1
 [this notice continued in the Waimate Daily Advertiser until 25 March 1905]

 Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume VI, Issue 67, 8 June 1905, Page 2

Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume VI, Issue 80, 8 July 1905, Page 2
Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume VI, Issue 97, 9 September 1905, Page 1
The Dainty Studio
from about March 1911 to May 1911

Mr W. J. Clarke, photographer, is re-opening in Waimate, next Misses Willetts, Queen street. He makes a special offer to present every cabinet sitter with a beautiful enlargement.
Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume XIII, Issue 36, 27 March 1911, Page 2 

Waimate Daily Advertiser, Volume XIII, Issue 36, 27 March 1911, Page 3
[this notice continued in the Waimate Daily Advertiser until 5 May 1911]


reverse inscription "Mr Aimies Oamaru"

reverse inscription "Miss Cousins? Oamaru"

reverse inscription "Bill Rogerson Photo worked in Post Office"

reverse inscription "Win Johnston 1939"
blinded stamped "The Dainty Studio Photo Oamaru"


Photograph by W. J. Clarke
Oamaru and Waimate


Kinsey's Art Photos

Kinsey's Art Photos
Lambton Quay
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 7457, 12 May 1903, Page 1

Negatives Kept
Cazeau and Connolly
Connolly and Herrmann
Connolly, Beauchamp and Price
Price, O'Malley and Co.
Price and Co.

A Photographic History

A Photographic History
It was mentioned the other day in a paragraph in "The Press" that a local resident had presented the Mayor with two old photographs of Christchurch scenes. It seems that here is the germ of an idea that might well be developed - the securing and preservation, either in the City Council offices or the Museum, of a series of photographs which would show the changes occurring continually in the city and suburbs and almost unnoticed by those who see them taking place. The desirableness of such a collection, its future interest and historical value, can be realised by remembering that the present-day knowledge possessed by most of us regarding the infant city of Christchurch is obtained from pictures reproduced from photographs taken by that pioneer of photography in Christchurch, Dr. Barker.

The views shown in the illustrated lecture on old Christchurch, which used to to given a good many years ago by the late Mr G. R. Hart, in conjunction with Mr E. W. Seager, were, we believe, reproductions of these photographs. They were deeply interesting twenty-five years ago - a century hence I they will be extraordinarily so. In a lesser, but not greatly diminished degree, the same can be said of photographs, if any exist, of the Christchurch of the '80's and '90's. Let any of our readers try to imagine Cathedral square, for instance, as it was then, or High street, or the Carlton road, or, going out of the city, large areas of St. Albans, and Riccarton, and Fendalton. If he has a good "eye-memory" he may be able to picture these places and districts as they were, say, in 1893, but the chances are that his recollection of most of them would be imperfect, to say the best of it. And it would be the same a quarter of a century hence with anyone trying to recall the appearance of a city street or suburban road in 1918.

In any scheme of a photographic history of the city, the parks and public gardens should not be overlooked. The parks naturally alter less than other parts, but even there the growth of the trees has quite changed the landscape, and portions of the gardens have altered even in the past few years almost beyond recognition by anyone who has not lived here all the time.

The matter may seem trivial now, but if it is worth doing at all, as we believe it is, it should be begun without much delay. It is only a matter of comparatively few years before all the old buildings in Christchurch will have disappeared, and all the unoccupied areas around it will be built upon. There is a fine collection of photographs of the pioneers in the Museum; let the present generation see to it that they preserve some adequate record of the Christchurch of which those early settlers laid the foundations.

Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16136, 14 February 1918, Page 6

A Photographic History
To The Editor of "The Press."
Sir, — Following on your leading article under above title in "The Press," February 14th, you will, be interested, to know the recommendation contained in the leader is further reaching than you may have anticipated, and I shall not be required to beg pardon for referring to the subject again. The Rev. Canon Stack, from far-away Great Britain, who had occasion to thank me for finding a much cherished but long-lost photograph taken in the early sixties, proves in the following extract, which I take the liberty of quoting, what a deep interest would be felt in the photographic history of Canterbury, which it appears was contemplated by Dr. Barker about 1865:

"You have given me something that I shall prize highly, the photo of my old church, St. Stephen's, Kaiapoi, taken by Dr. Barker. I have fretted a good deal about the loss of an original copy which Mr S. Barker gave me. It was with several others I treasured when we moved from our villa at Bordighera, Italy, to Worthing, England. The history of the original plate is this: Dr. Barker found in photography a pleasant source of recreation, and conceived the idea of forming a pictorial history of the changing period through which Canterbury was passing in the sixties when the old shanties, raupo huts and tents were being replaced by substantial buildings. So he procured a sort of Gipsy van and fitted it as a photographic studio, and then he made a tour of the province commencing with Christchurch, and its immediate neighbourhood. In the course of his tour he appeared one morning at St. Stephen's, I was away on one of my missionary visits to the Peninsula, but Mrs Stack induced a number of the Maoris to gather round the church door, and the school children, under Miss Taylor, the teacher, and our children and the nurse, Miss Comyns, formed part of the group — Mrs Stack is the lady with crinoline in the foreground. The Paddy O'Rafferty in a belltopper is Te Aika, the white beard is Albert Koti, Wi Naehira and C. Tehoika were in the crowd.
On getting home I was not quite pleased to find that the natives presented a rather shabby group, or I would rather they had been in Maori mats, but Dr. Barker was in such a hurry he could not wait till more natives had assembled, and had dressed for the occasion."

I wish to stress the fact that the most laudable and hard work of beginning the pictorial history should be kept in view, and the now scattered negatives, as well as the prints from negatives damaged and broken, should be collected, and good enlargements made, for the purposes of the photographic history. It will be the work of many to unite in restoring the pictures to some central depot from which copies may be printed to supply the standard record albums to be preserved in the Canterbury Museum.—

Yours, etc., J. L. W.
March 16th.

Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16165, 20 March 1918, Page 9


Canterbury Museum, 28th May, 1892. Sir, I find from an examination of the Museum accounts for 1890 and 1891 in the Registrars Office, that the Museum paid during those years about eighteen pounds (£18) to Mr Easter for photographs and negatives. None of these are now in the Museum. Mr W. S. Colclough informs me that Mr Forbes packed up and took away from the Museum a number of photographs and negatives, but he does not know if they these are the ones paid for by the Museum.
I have the honour to be, &c, (Signed) F. W. Hutton, Acting Curator.
Press, Volume XLIX, Issue 8186, 31 May 1892, Page 5


The Star, Issue 9556, 31 May 1909, Page 3

Press, Volume LII, Issue 15602, 29 May 1916, Page 6

 Press, Volume LII, Issue 15649, 22 July 1916, Page 8

  Press, Volume LV, Issue 16454, 22 February 1919, Page 13

Pulman, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Pulman

Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10467, 4 October 1899, Page 8
A view from near Princess Wharf, Auckland looking across to
Devonport and Mt Victoria with Rangitoto Island in the far distance; photograph by Elizabeth Pulman.
[purchased September 2021]

unknown woman photographed by Elizabeth Pulman
[purchased February 2022]

For Sale

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below: 10x12 Ross Rapid Symmetrical lens in brass barrel

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