James Bragge
Portrait and Landscape Photographer
Wellington, New Zealand

James Bragge, born Sunderland, England, son of James Bragge and Harriet, baptised 12 June 1833, St. Hilda, South Shields, Durham, England (1), died 17 July, 1908 Wellington, married 1stly 20 May 1854, St. Hilda, South Shields, Durham, England, Elizabeth Ann Fish, daughter of Robert Fish (2).

issue included:
1. Harriet Bragge born 1856 reg. Dec 1855 Sunderland vol. 10a page 350, died 25 June 1892 at her residence Donald McLean Street, Wellington aged 35 years, reg. 1892/3817, buried Karori
Cemetery, Wellington, public section, plot number 69, record number 67128,
married 16 March 1878, reg. 1878/311, Walter Samuel Soundy Cobham, born 1855, reg, 1855/3881, son of Ann and Samuel Cobham, died 16 June 1924, buried at New Plymouth. 

1a. Lilian Jessie Cobham born 27 January 1879, reg. 1879/1266, died 1965, reg. 1965/32389 aged 86 years, married 1900, reg.  1900/4827, Herbert Harry Oxley, he died 1929, reg  1929/9746 aged 81 years.

     1ai Clifford Harry Oxley born 1 29 January 1902, reg. 1902/2940, died 1988
     1aii Radnor May Oxley (Mrs Burton) born
14 September 1906, reg. 1906/24651, died 2000, reg. 2000/10365       
     1aiii James Stafford Oxley born 118 August 1912, reg. 1912/24774, died 1981, reg.  1981/45131

1b. Clarence James Cobham 1880/1231, died 1958, married 1904, reg. 1904/5046 Esther Beatrice Wilton

     1bi Harriett Mavis Cobham born 1905, reg. 1905/1311   
     1bii Arita Muriel Cobham born 1908, reg. 1908/19155   
     1biii Lillian Jessie Cobham born 1909, reg 1909/12416   
     1biv Walter Lawrence Cobham born
1911, reg. 1911/16428       
     1bv George Vincent Cobham born 1903, reg. 1913/15123

1c. Doris Ann Cobham 1892/2181, died 1892 /2314 aged 4 hours

2. Emily Bragge born 1857 reg. Sep 1857 Sunderland vol. 10a page 382, died 1857, reg.  Sep 1857 Sunderland vol. 10a page 220

3. Charles Robert Bragge born 1858, reg. Jun 1858 Sunderland vol. 10a page 452

4. Jesse Bragge (Jessie) born 1860, reg. Sept 1860 Sunderland vol. 10a page 438, married 1889, reg. 1889/230 Robert Archibald Hearns or Hearn

5. Lottie Bragge born 1866 Cape of Good Hope, died 1950 aged 84 years, married 1896 George Henry Veale

      5a. Constance Radnor Veale    1897/16969
      5b Frederick Hearn Noel Veale  1907/16682      

6. Charles Dudley Bragge, born 6 February 1867, Manners Street, Wellington, New Zealand, died 2 November 1867 at Manners Street, Wellington aged 9 months, buried Bolton Street Cemetery, date of Death or Burial 4 November 1867,  Public Cemetery Register Number 267, aged 47 (sic)

7. Florence Bragge born 30 September 1869, Manners Street, Wellington, New Zealand, died 1870 aged 3 months 


James Bragge married secondly 11 March 1900, reg 1900/793, Lynda Segus Banfield daughter of Clement Harvey Banfield and Alice Holyoake, born 3 June 1874 Riwaka, died 1 Aug 1961 in Auckland aged 87 years, reg. 1961/29839 she married secondly 1924, reg. 1924/9412 James Clothier.

8. Balldvine Kimble Bragge, born 23 April 1904, reg. 1904/2281, died 11 November 1971 reg.  1971/43189 aged 67 years, married 1stly 22 February 1922, reg. 1922/438, Alan Reka Bower, born 1900, reg. 1900/1400 son of Elsie Foreman Craig Booth and Hugh Lee Bromley Bower he died 1949, reg. 1949/21747 aged 49 years, she married 2ndly ... Hobbs.

9. James Ru Bragge, born 17 March 1905, reg. 1905/10955, died 30 March 1905, reg. 1905/1496 aged 13 days, buried 31 March 1905, Karori Cemetery, Section Public 2, Plot number 32 J, Record number 88642 [or James Fin Bragge or James Ra Bragge]       

Wellington Independent, Volume XXVI, Issue 3187, 1 May 1871
[this notice continued in the Wellington Independent until 7 September 1871]

Wellington Independent, Volume XXVI, Issue 3303, 26 September 1871

Mr Bragg, of Lambton Quay, has published a very excellent photograph of King, Lewis, and Fulton, the William Tapscott prisoners. It is carte de visite size, and copies may be obtained at his studio. 
Evening Post, Volume IX, Issue 251, 6 December 1873, page 2

Mr. James Bragge, an old and respected colonist who for a number of years was in business in Wellington as a photographer, died last night at the advanced age of 75 years. Deceased was born in Sunderland. From the Old Land he went to South Africa and came to New Zealand 43 years ago. He is survived by two daughters — Mrs. Hearn, of Christchurch and Mrs. Veale wife of Mr. G. R. Veale, [George Henry Veale] of the Supreme Court Wellington — and a widow and a four-year-old daughter.
Evening Post, Volume LXXVI, Issue 16, 18 July 1908, Page 5

The late Mr James Bragge, who was in business in Wellington as a photographer for over a quarter of a century, left a very valuable collection of negatives that have almost an historical value as far as that city is concerned. A few photographs printed from these negatives secured thirty years, ago are now on view in a Willis Street shop (says The Dominion), and are highly interesting as showing the development of the city. One is a view of Customhouse Quay taken when the waters of the harbour used to lap under what is now the Bank of Australasia, and what was then the Star Boating Club's shed.

Another shows Te Aro House (of another generation) draped in wet blankets, taken on the morning following the destruction by fire of the first Opera House, which stood on the site of the present threat in Manners St.

A very fine negative is that of the basin of the Karori Reservoir taken when empty. One shows the Government Buildings with steam-driven trams, drawn up on Lambton Quay, and still another as a photograph of the laying of the foundation stone of the Supreme Court buildings, a ceremony which, drew a large crowd; including the Garrison Band and a company of Volunteers. Several of those persons, figuring in the crowd, are easily recognisable as present-day citizens, and others are there who have gone the way of all flesh. Among the latter is the late Drum-Major Davis, who for many years headed the Garrison Band on parade. The photographs are a standing tribute to the excellent results obtainable with the old wet plate process.
Marlborough Express, Volume XLII, Issue 207, 1 September 1908, Page 3

An exhibit of interest to natives of Wellington is the display of photographs of old Wellington that is being made by Mr. Henry Masters, the possessor of a valuable lot of negatives of the late Mr. Wm. Bragge (sic). Among them are good photographs of the old Wesleyan Church, which stood opposite, the Opera House in Manners Sheet in thee 70's, and was destroyed by fire. The photograph shows a corner of the cattle saleyards of Messrs. Bethune and Hunter, formerly located on the site of the present Opera House and Bank of New Zealand. There are also general views of the city taken from 30 to 40 years ago — full of interest to those whose memory goes back to Wellington's knickerbocker days.
Dominion, Volume 4, Issue 1141, 31 May 1911, page 5

...The exhibition includes four views of Wellington in other days, shown by Mr. H. Masters, being photographs from that old master of the wet plate, tho late Mr. Bragge.
Dominion, Volume 10, Issue 3032, 20 March 1917

above - blind stamped lower right "J. Bragg"
below - a second of this same carte de visite also blind stamped lower right "J. Bragg"

with J. Wilson's compliments

dated 30 April 1891

Reverve inscription "Minnie Langford November 18 / 96"
numbered 3956


Yesterday afternoon Miss Lottie Bragge, for very many years a leading member of the Wesleyan Church Choir, and daughter of Mr. J Bragge, of Manners street, was married to Mr. George H. Veale, chief steward of the Wellington Club. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W. Baumber, at the residence "of Mr. R. A. Hearn, Roxburgh-street. Miss Lillie Cobham, niece of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. F. J. Evans was best man. Amongst the wedding presents were a beautiful drawingroom lamp and afternoon tea set from Mr. N. W. Werry, Secretary of the Wellington Club, and Mrs. Werry, and also a silver tea and coffee service, cruet, and tea set from the employees of the club.
Evening Post, Volume LI, Issue 90, 16 April 1896, page 2.

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(1) England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014), James Bragge, 12 Jun 1833; citing South Shields, Durham, England, reference item 4 p 42; FHL microfilm 1,894,144. 
(2)  England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), James Bragge and Elizabeth Ann Fish, 20 May 1854; citing St. Hilda, South Shields, Durham, England, reference No. 376; FHL microfilm 1,894,151.
(3) Joseph Groves Bragge, bapt 20 Apr 1831, St Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

1 comment:

Garry M. Hall said...

I have been given a photo of my maternal great grandparents, JD Murray and his wife Louisa Murray (nee Gooch) of Stratford, Taranaki. Married 22nd August 1893 to commemorate their wedding, a studio photo of them taken by James Bragge, Photographic Artist, Manners Street, Wellington, NZ. Plate number 3777. Garry M. Hall.