HEMUS, Charles

Charles Hemus

Charles Hemus born circa 1849, Birmingham, England, reg. Dec 1849 Birmingham vol. 16 page 331, fifth son of the Mary Ann Williams and Solomon Hemus a bootmaker, departed Gravesend of the "Ironside" 6 May 1864 with his parents and brothers (1), arrived Auckland 24 August 1864, died 6 December 1925 at his home Belvedere Street, Epsom, Auckland aged 70 (76) years,
married 30 November 1875 by the bride's father at Wynyard Street, Auckland, Gertrude Evangeline Edger daughter of the Rev. Samuel Edger, B.A., she arrived in New Zealand on the "Matilda Wattenbach" in 1862 from England, died 16 September 1936 at her residence 10 Belvedere Street, Epson.

Charles Hemus
Observer, Volume XV, Issue 841, 9 February 1895, Page 3

above - A signed portrait of Charles Hemus

above (1) The Orchestra of the Auckland Choral Society
by C. Hemus late Hemus & Hanna
150 x 233 (image 143 x 205)

 above - Charles Hemus and James or Joseph Hemus

Mr. Charles Hemus.
Musician and Artist.
A well-known resident of Auckland, Mr. Charles Hemus, died on Sunday at his home, Belvedere Street, Epsom, at the age of 70 years.

Last Monday Mr. and Mrs. Hemus celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding. Mrs. Hemus was a daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Edger. Deceased was born in Birmingham, and was a son of the late Mr. Solomon Hemus. For many years Mr. C. Hemus carried on a successful photographic artist's business in Queen Street, and was the first, in Auckland to introduce the art of retouching negatives.

He was Vice-Regal photographer to no less than seven successive Governors of New Zealand. The work of the firm of Hemus and Hanna was of a very high standard in the early days of Auckland. Mr. Hemus was also a portrait painter of considerable merit, his work being well known at the exhibitions of the Auckland Society of Arts.

The name of Hemus bulked largely in the musical circles of this city many years ago, as several of the family were excellent musicians. The eldest, Mr. John Hemus, was in his time the best drummer in New Zealand. Messrs. Charles, Harry, Joseph and James Hemus all played on stringed instruments. Mr. Charles Hemus was one of the few remaining musicians who in the early days of Auckland helped to raise the standard of music to what it is here to-day. He was one of the earliest members of the Choral Society in the seventies, and led the orchestra with distinction for a number of years. Mr. Hemus was also one of the organisers of the Auckland Orchestral Union, and acted as leader of that brilliant orchestra under the conductorship of Mr. Arthur Towsey. Old Aucklanders will remember with pleasure the performances of the string quartet composed of C. Hemus, J. Hemus. J. Clough and H. F. Edger.

Mr. Hemus was for many years a member of the Ponsonby Bowling Club. He is survived by his wife, one son, Mr. Harwood C. Hemus, chemist, of Avondale, and two daughters, Miss Geraldine Hemus, solicitor, and Miss Irene Hemus, of Epsom. The funeral leaves deceased's late residence at 10 a.m. tomorrow for Waikumete Cemetery.
Auckland Star, Volume LVI, Issue 289, 7 December 1925, Page 9 


Previously Hemus and Hanna August 1875 to April 1885
The Gore photographer Charles Clayton had previously worked for Charles Hemus before opening his studio about 1893.

Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 151, 27 June 1888, Page 1

Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 232, 2 October 1888, Page 4

Lady Onslow was photographed yesterday at Mr Charles Hemus's studio.

Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 50, 28 February 1891, Page 1

A the 1891 Photographic Exhibition in Auckland ... Mr Hanna also exhibits a quantity of frames, showing that for skill in portraiture Auckland may fairly challenge the world. If this sounds exaggerated it should be remembered that Mr Hanna took third prize at the American Exhibition against all comers from all points of the compass. An enlargement of a celebrated actor and his baby is as good as anything of the sort we have seen, and all the pictures and portraits are of the highest standard of excellence.

Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 80, 6 April 1891, Page 2

A the 1891 Photographic Exhibition in Auckland...Mr Charles Hemus makes a fine show of beauteous dames most excellently taken. He certainly has the knack of taking beautiful portraits, and the knowledge of forming pictures as well. There is a wonderful softness and delicacy about his work, and though an adept at making a pleasing picture, his negatives are never over-worked and spoilt as portraits. He is wonderfully faithful. The portraits of Lady Onslow and Lady Scott, besides several of our Auckland belles, are admirable and well repay the labour expended over them.

Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 80, 6 April 1891, Page 2

Mr Charles Hemus has completed some admirable photographs of Madame Patey, the accomplished contralto. They have already excited a great deal of attention, and the general opinion is that they are splendid portraits. The posing is artistic, the shading correct, and the general effect capital. In two of the portraits, Madame Patey is taken full length in a beautiful evening dress, all the trimming and adornments of which are brought out with remarkable distinctness. Another negative is what is known as three-quarter size. It is beautifully finished, every detail being carefully developed, while the shading is very delicate. The whole of the pictures are first-class, whether considered as likenesses or works of art, and they reflect great credit upon Mr Hemus. There are many other gems in his show-cases, and chief amongst these are the beautiful photographs of Lady Onslow and Ladies Gwendoline and Dorothy, which are a constant theme of admiration.

Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 129, 2 June 1891, Page 4

The well-known photographer, Mr Chas. Hemus, has removed to those central and commodious premises in Queen-street, formerly occupied by Mr Josiah Martin as a photographic studio. In these spacious rooms Mr Hemus will find ample accommodation for his extensive business.

Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 186, 7 August 1891, Page 2

Mr C. Hemus New Studio.
Free Exhibition To-Night.
Mr C. Hemus, having taken possession of his new studio next to Edson's, is inviting the public to view the premises this evening. There will be a grand inaugural exhibition of will illustrate the progress of photographic art and the beautiful results which can now be obtained by the camera, and at the same time will give some idea of the capabilities of the establishment.

Mr Hemus showed a Star representative over the new premises this morning. The vestibule downstairs is hung with show cases, containing portraits of celebrities and citizens, including, of course, the citizenesses. Lord and Lady Onslow's photographs are veritable triumphs. One, full length of the Countess, is realistic to a degree. The Governor sitting down, taken full figure, is also excellent. The little ladies Gwendoline and Dorothy, taken together and in sailor costumes with Cordelia hats, form a wonderfully pretty picture and the photo of Jennie Lee with the cat will delight all who saw that vivacious actress. Some photos of Miss Hill as Cynisca and Mrs Dobson as Galatea in "Pygmalion and Galatea" are excellent.

Upstairs the exhibition gallery is beautifully draped with sage green and decorated with the fern and nikau palm. Here are hundreds of beautiful photographs. The studio proper is one of the largest in the city, and has an elaborate system of louvre blends (sic) which give every possibility of light and shade effects. There are new backgrounds and new accessories.

The printing, toning, enlarging and finishing rooms are all large and replete with every convenience. Enlarging will now form a specialty of Mr Hemus' business. Tonight, the vestibule, reception room and show room will be lighted up for the convenience of the public, who will be made welcome.
Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 199, 22 August 1891, Page 5

On Saturday evening Mr C. Hemus, photographer, held quite a levee at his new studio in Queen-street. The vestibule and staircase were hidden in evergreens, whilst the walls were adorned with some choice works of the photographer's art, and the constant stream of visitors were unstinted in their praise of the new rooms. Upstairs there are tasty little dressing rooms, and the reception room is fitted up like a drawing room. With the conveniences now at his disposal, we venture to predict for Mr Hemus a perfect run of good luck, and he well deserves it, for a more faithful portrait cannot be found than that turned out by him.
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 661, 29 August 1891, Page 4

Mr George Gregory, artist and photographer, has removed his studio in Ponsonby to those suitable premises in Queen street lately occupied by Mr Hemus. Mr Gregory is a specialist in his art, and has produced some pretty work. He has just issued a handsome folding card (prettily designed ab the Star Office) pointing out the various departments of photographs. No doubt Mr Gregory will secure increased patronage.
Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 227, 24 September 1891, Page 5

Observer, Volume XI, Issue 665, 26 September 1891, Page 20

Mr Charles Hemus' Studio.
That excellent photographer and artist, Mr Chas. Hemus, has removed to 201 Queen-street, Auckland, the studio and premises lately occupied by Mr Josiah Martin, above Mr Edson's chemist shop. This is justly pronounced the best photographer's establishment in the colony.

Mounting the line wide stairs one finds oneself in a noble drawing or waiting-room. This is well lighted lofty and well ventilated. It is tastefully and handsomely ornamented and furnished.

There are many fine specimens in the shape of pictures here, not only of Mr Charles Hemus' skill and taste as a photographer, but also of his talents as an artist. Amongst the former are portraits singly and in groups of some of our New Zealand notabilities amongst others of Sir Hercules and Lady Robinson, Sir Wm. Jervois, Bishops Cowie and Luck and other worthies, and some of our leading fashionable and society folks.

Amongst the pictures executed by Mr Hemus is one of a young lady drawn in charcoal in an admirably realistic manner. Mr Hemus is quite in expert in various, branches of art and has had great success in enlargements from small portraits, the enlarged picture always being life like.

His charges for these are very moderate. Upstairs on the third floor is the studio proper. This is an excellent apartment, the best in New Zealand. In this room there are all the accessories of a large photographic business, such as Mr Chas. Hemus does.

It has the best moveable back ground scenes (from the leading American and continental houses) we have seen in this country. Near this room are dressing-rooms for ladies and gentlemen (the former has lady attendants) printing-room, etc.

Mr C. Hemus is in a position to give the best value in point of artistic merit, fidelity to the subject and finish of his portraits to the general public while his prices are very reasonable. We recommend our readers when in Auckland to give him a share of their favours.
Waikato Times, Volume XXXVII, Issue 3009, 27 October 1891, Page 2

Photography.— Mr Charles Hemus has prepared a free treat for visitors at his photographic studio, Queen-street. The show-room has been tastefully decorated with flowers, evergreens, and mottoes, while all around are fine specimens of the photographic art, the majority being work done during the four months he has been in his new premises. Amongst them are a number of well executed enlargements, one amusing picture being "The Young Shavers," in which two children are imitating their seniors, the boy undergoing a mimic shave.

The cases have been replenished with a number of opaline photos of well-known citizens, and also a selection of Auckland belles. Another good enlargement is a child and rocking-horse, while a fine picture of Sir William Fox adds to the attractions.

The studio will be thrown open to the public from 7.30 to 10.30 this evening. Mr John Hanna's photographic studio also presents numerous attractions, containing as it does excellent pictures of well-known citizens, also the leading characters in the recent performances of the Amateur Opera Company, as well as several fine enlargements, amongst them being Sir George Grey speaking his message into the phonograph.
Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 305, 24 December 1891, Page 2

The show-room of Mr C. Hemus' photographic studio, Queen-street, was inspected by a very large number of visitors on Christmas Eve and on Boxing night, the splendid display of photos being greatly admired.
Auckland Star, Volume XXII, Issue 306, 28 December 1891, Page 3

Little Lord Huia Onslow was photographed to-day, at Mr Charles Hemus' studio, and a capital picture was secured.
Auckland Star, Volume XXIII, Issue 44, 22 February 1892, Page 4

Mr C. Hemus, photographer, of Queen-street, has just suceeded (sic) in producing some excellent portraits of the Vice-Regal party. Amongst the number is a capital likeness of the youthful New Zealander, Lord Huia, and there is a fine picture of Lord Onslow in full Masonic regalia. The pictures are now on view and attract no end of attention and complimentary remarks.
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 688, 5 March 1892, Page 6

Mr Charles Hemus, the well-known photographer of Auckland, has just received from the Countess of Onslow, who is now in England, the highest compliment that she could pay to his artistic talent. Some two years and a half ago, when Lord and Lady Onslow were in Auckland, Mr Hemus took a number of photographs of the family, and amongst these was a large one of Lady Gwendolin's head, almost in profile. It was greatly admired in Auckland at the time, and evidently it has excited equally keen admiration in England since their return, for Lady Onslow has just written to Mr Hemus ordering additional copies, and asking if he would part with the negative. He also asks him to send copies of Lord Huia's last portraits. Lady Onslow, in the conclusion of her letter, says she has great pleasure in informing Mr Hemus how much all his photographs have been admired at home, especially the head of Lady Gwendolin, which everyone says is such a good likeness, and so artistic. This coming from England, where photography has been brought to such a high state of perfection, is very flattering to Mr Hemus.
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 721, 22 October 1892, Page 15

Mr Charles Hemus, the well-known artist photographer, of Queen-street, has been appointed photographer to His Excellency the Governor Lord Glasgow.

An excellent specimen of Mr Hemus's work is being exhibited in Upton and Co.'s window in the shape of an oil painting of the racehorse Platch, which has been executed to the order of Mr Cureton, the owner of the horse. We might add that Mr Hemus finishes three cabinets for 5s and a 15 x 12 opal for 7s 6d.
Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 190, 10 August 1894, Page 3

Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 284, 1 December 1898, Page 33

At the Auckland Society of Art exhibition in 1898....
Mr C. Hemus is another very successful exhibitor. The Governor, Miss Isaacs in court dress, and "Blo's Baby," are three very different pictures, but all show the great skill of the operator.
Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 105, 5 May 1898, Page 3

At 12 Noon sharp.
etc., etc.,
Is honoured by instructions from Mr Charles Hemus to sell by auction at his Land Auction Mart, 91, Queen-st.,
THAT MOST DESIRABLE PROPERTY IN HAMILTON ROAD, having a frontage of 136 feet to Sarsfield-street by a frontage to Hamilton Road right down to the Beach, known as the property and in the occupation of Charles Hemus, Esq.

The House consists of 9 rooms, bath, Linen and Store rooms, 2 wide verandahs, commanding magnificent views of the harbour. The Grounds are in orchard, vegetable, and flower garden, and are very extensive. The whole property is in first class order and condition, and presents an opportunity to secure a choice and unique estate in the most desirable situation in this delightful suburb. Cards to View of the Auctioneer.
Auckland Star, Volume XXIX, Issue 226, 24 September 1898, Page 8

Charles Hemus' Studio.
In response to a cordial invitation, from Mr H. Schmidt, the genial manager, our representative yesterday paid a visit to the well-known studio of Mr Chas. Hemus, which has just been thoroughly renovated and refurnished for the coming season.

Among the many fine buildings which adorn the east side of Queen street, none are more conspicuous than the ornate frontage of richly carved Oamaru stone which is shared by Mr J. Edson chemist, and Mr Chas. Hemus, photographer. The vestibule is a fitting entrance to the spacious saloon above, and as it stands invitingly open, offering a free art exhibition to the passers-by, it is always, well patronised by an admiring public. To all country cousins it affords a pleasant rendezvous and promenade and on Saturday evenings, when brilliantly illuminated, it never fails to attract a large concourse of visitors. Here may be seen tastefully displayed some of the choicest specimens of the photographers art in every variety of subject and pose, style and finish, medium and mounting.

Portraits of New Zealand's popular Governor, Lord Ranfurly, and quite a historic collection of former Governors, with their wives and families, and many other distinguished personages grace the walls and return our gaze. It scarcely needs a second glance to discover that the speciality of the establishment is ladies and children — particularly the children - the younger the better, for here we see 'Baby' in all sorts of unconventional attitudes, and, what is more remarkable, full of animated expression. There is evidently no fear of the bogeyman at this studio, and one wonders if the 'curled darlings,' who look so clean and good—so simple and sweet, could ever be naughty, get into a pickle, or say 'I won't!' Here are children by ones, by twos, by threes, and even by the half dozen. Taking a bath, tumbling on the floor, climbing on the chair back, or rolling like a kitten in a curtain, and just as full of life and fun. The ladies whose attractive portraits grace these show cases, are evidently the beauties of Auckland, for here we see some lovely pictures of maidenhood, pensive and pretty, and others of motherhood, staid and comely.

Among the larger pictures exhibited in the vestibule, our charming nursery group rivets our attention by its novelty and success. It portrays two 'kiddies in the bath,' waiting for the regular tubbing. The youngest is enjoying, in the interval, some, slight refreshment, but whether he is munching a crust or sampling the soap is left to our imagination. 'The Order of the Bath 'is a study after a famous picture. 'Two Children and a Dog' - a subject that always meant 'a bad half-hour' to the old-time photographer — now, to judge by the picture before us a perfect delight as well to operator as to the little sitters. The bath looks a little dry, and so does the dear old doggie, who does not seem to mind it a bit, for he knows it's only 'a pretend', but the little mother looks quite intent on the scrubbing she evidently means business.

As a relief to the nursery pictures is a case of portraits of leading, citizens — the sober men of affairs — whom one meets with every day, looking as sedate and as sapient as ever, quite unmoved by the frivolities of the babies or the fripperies of the fair sex.

We ascend the wide and easy stairway and enter the spacious salon, which proudly boasts of being the largest and finest room in the colonies devoted to this purpose. It is very artistically arranged and decorated. Pictures on the walls, pictures on the tables, and pictures on easels, relieved by graceful draperies and an abundance of floral decorations indeed, the plants and flowers divide our admiration with the magnificent display of photographs in every variety of style, size, mount, and frame. The enlargements are remarkable for their fidelity and excellence, and so good is the technique that many of them cannot be distinguished from direct prints.

Among the many splendid exhibits is a novel and pleasing picture entitled ‘Reflections.' It represents a girl reclining on a mossy bank, beside a quiet stream, in such a position that her face is clearly reflected in a still pool. The effect is very good, and to elevate the camera sufficiently must have required some contrivance on the part of Mr Schmidt. The picture is perfect as a photograph, but the costume of the lady is hardly suitable for the pose. The fine rembrant effect of a few well-posed heads is very striking. It is not every subject that will bear such treatment, but the artist has here been very highly favoured by some truly classic models, of which he has made the most by skilful treatment. Some more child pictures, in unaffected pose's, smile upon you in a sunny welcome, and seem lifelike enough to speak. How pleased the fond mammas must be with such lovely pictures of their home treasures.

The coloured pictures bear evidence of the artist's hand, for in this department, Mr Hemus is a past master, and the works here exhibited are an enormous advance upon the 'finished in colour' specimens with which we have been familiar. In the smaller work we fail to see many examples of the old timed silver finish, and none of the highly glazed or enamelled finish, which was once so popular.

Platium and Bromides in soft delicate tones have now become permanently established favourites, and to Mr Hemus is due the credit of having done so much to give to this artistic form of photography, the popularity to which it had attained. The specimens here displayed exhibit the same artistic excellence as those in the vestibule, but the softer lighting makes them appear to better advantage. We could spend all day here and not feel wearied, and the sitters who are waiting for their turn cannot feel impatient, when there is so much to interest them on every hand. A comfortable and well-furnished boudoir for ladies opens out of the reception room. Here, beauty can adorn herself, and by the aid of pier glass and mirror, study the most effective pose for the display of her abundant charms, artificial as well as natural.

A few steps higher, and we reach the glass room. This is a most capacious studio, giving one the impression of air and space. It measures about 42 x 20feet, is very lofty, and has a top lighting area of 22 x 16 feet, controlled by swinging reflector blinds, easily moved by the operator. The floor space is well covered with movable furniture and appliances of the latest description, and a large number of backgrounds are ready for immediate use. The area can be readily divided to allow two operators to work at the same time, or it can be thrown open to accommodate easily a group of a hundred persons. On the same floor is a dressing-room and lavatory, and other well-lighted apartments where the work of printing and washing is carried on. A few steps higher, and above the salon are the workshops devoted to enlarging, retouching, and finishing. Arrangements here are very complete, so that a great deal of work can be accomplished with celerity and certainty.

Turning over the orders of the day, we find quite the usual proportion of plain, matter-of-fact people in ordinary work-a-day dress, some of whom look painfully conscious of the camera before them, and others bear a fixed expression, indicative of, a desire to look their best. Everywhere the technique is excellent, and as might well be expected in such an old-established business. The proprietor has the confidence of long experience and he is ably seconded by his manager, who is up to all the latest fancies and processes. Many cyclists patronise this studio, for we see photographs of the representatives who have gone to battle for New Zealand, at the Paris Exhibition.

Just at this moment, penny photographs seem all the rage, and one department of the studio is devoted to this new craze. A small multiple camera takes two dozen pictures on one plate. This will be divided between four sitters, giving six poses to each. The portraits are small, but excellent, and, as remarkably good value for the money, they are evidently appreciated by the public, for there has been quite a run on this kind of novelty. Mr Schmidt [pictured left] speaks very hopefully of business. He has certainly done his best to please his patrons, and the high terms in which his customers speak of his untiring patience must be very gratifying.
Observer, Volume XX, Issue 1130, 25 August 1900, Page 22
Auckland Star, Volume XXXVI, Issue 45, 22 February 1905, Page 2

above: (2) a portrait of an unidentified woman by Charles Hemus

above: (3) a portrait of an unidentified couple by Charles Hemus

above: (4) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

above: (5) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

above: (6) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus;
this is same man as in photo (7) below.

above: (7) Portrait of an unknown couple by Charles Hemus

above: (8) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

 above (9): a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

above: (10) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus


above: (11) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

above: (12) a portrait of an unidentified woman by Charles Hemus

 above: (13) a portrait of an unidentified man by Charles Hemus

above: (14) a portrait of an unidentified girl by Charles Hemus

above: (15) a portrait of an unidentified girl by Charles Hemus

 above: (16) a portrait of an unidentified girl by Charles Hemus
above: (17) unidentified children by Charles Hemus

The family of Charles Hemus and Gertrude Evangeline Edger
1. Geraldine Marian Hemus born 11 November 1876 Auckland, reg. 1876/17188, died February 1969 Auckland aged 92 years, reg 1969/28166. Geraldine Hemus was the third woman to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

2. Claude Edger Hemus (importer and portrait painter) born 31 January 1878 Auckland, reg. 1878/470,
died 20 November 1918 at his residence 16 Gillies Avenue, Auckland of influenza-pneumonia aged 40 years, buried Waikaraka Cemetery, Area 1, Block B, Plot 095A, 
married 9 April 1902 at the residence of the bride's parents, Clara Sturges eldest daughter of Alfred Sturges, Otahuhu, reg. 1902/1774, died 28 April 1923 Auckland aged 51 years, reg. 1923/4053, buried Waikaraka Cemetery, Area 1, Block B, Plot 095B
a. Ada Lilian Hemus born 19 June 1903 College Hill, Auckland reg. 1903/1547, married 1stly 23 November 1924 St Paul's Church, Auckland by the Rev. Cecil Watson, reg. 1924/6057  [divorced 1927/1928] Geoffrey Wladislas Vaile Potocki de Montalk (a milk vendor and self styled King of Poland), born 10 June 1903, Remuera, Auckland, died 14 April 1997, Brignoles, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, married 2ndly [divorced 1946/47] Clyo Strathallan Gallie born 13 July 1880, Wellington, died 2 October 1965 [brother of Capt. Oscar Eugene Gallie, DSO, MC]
b. Robert Edger Hemus born 15 April 1910, reg 1910/7193, married 1932, reg. 1932/6272, Winifred Florence Maslen, divorced 1971

3. Irene Gertrude Louisa Hemus born 10 June 1881 Auckland, reg. 1881/5955, died 19 February 1966 Auckland aged 84 years, reg. 1966/24880

4. Harwood Clifford Hemus [chemist] born 8 June 1882 Auckland, reg. 1882/9206, died 8 June 1951, 54 School Road, Kingsland, Auckland, married firstly
21 April 1908, Whangarei (divorced about March 1918), Lilian Weaver, married secondly 22 June 1918 Featherstone,  reg. 1918/3218, Edith Frances Allman, she died 17 December 1959 Auckland aged 65 years, reg. 1959/34924
issue with Lilian Weaver:
a. Irene Jessie Hemus born 24 September 1908 Whangarei, died 18 August 1993 New Zealand, married John Wallwyn Radcliffe Cooke, born 7 August 1910, Havant, Hampshire, England, died 6 August 2003, New Zealand
issue with Edith Frances Allman:
b.  Claude Ronald Hemus [school teacher] born 14 April 1919, New Zealand, reg. 1919/10612, died 17 August 2008, reg. 2008/20941, married 16 May 1942 Pitt Street Methodist Church, Auckland, Marion June Auriel Petrie, born 6 May 1921 died 2014, reg. 2014/23675 
c.  Kenneth Harwood Hemus, born circa 1921. reg. 1921/13082 [as Kenneth Douglas Hemus], [married Jennie Quinn?]

  Harwood Clifford Hemus
 Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1576-4 Montage of photographs of Harwood Clifford Hemus' pharmacy in Cameron Street, Whangarei

Golden Wedding
Auckland Star, Volume LVI, Issue 289, 7 December 1925, Page 1

above - Claude Edger Hemus

Eva Hemus (Gertrude Evangeline Edger) and her daughter (possibly Geraldine Marian Hemus).

 The Hemus family 1914

Mrs. G. E. Hemus. The death occurred of Mrs. Gertrude Evangeline Hemus, widow of the late Mr. Charles Hemus, at 10, Belvedere Street, Epsom. Mrs. Hemus was a daughter of the Rev. Samuel Edger, and came out from England with her parents in 1862 in the Matilda Wattenbach, one of the two first ships to bring the pioneers of the Albertland settlement.

In 1875 she married Mr. Hemus, and resided for the rest of her life in Auckland. She was one of the earliest members of the Auckland Choral Society, being at one time its youngest member, and was well known in the musical circles of that day. Since 1894 she had been an active member of the Theosophical Society, and for several years held the office of president of one of the branches of the society in Auckland. She was interested in various women's organisations, and she and her co-worker, Mrs. Waghorn, founded the Mothers' Thought Guild, of which Mrs. Hemus was for many years the local representative, and was later elected to the office of Dominion president. She was also a member of the Auckland branch of the National Council of Women, of which she was this year elected the first life member. She leaves one son, Mr. Harwood Hemus, and two daughters, Misses Geraldine and Irene Hemus, five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

Auckland Star, Volume LXVII, Issue 223, 19 September 1936, Page 12
(1) Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2214, 25 August 1864, Page 4
Solomon and Mary Ann Hemus and George, Charles, Henry, Alfred, Joseph and James W. Hemus. Alfred Hemus died 23 September 1879 at the residence of his parent's, Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland 7th son of Solomon and Mary Ann Hemus. A sister Leah Hemus arrived in 1863 on the Tyburnia (later Mrs Charles Plummer) refer Auckland Star, Volume XLIX, Issue 229, 25 September 1918, Page 6

married 27 Aug 1837 Saint George, Birmingham, Warwick, England

"England, Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NV7H-QLH : accessed 08 Aug 2012), Solomon Hemus and Mary Ann Williams, 27 Aug 1837; citing reference , FHL microfilm 0588402-4.

Owen Hemus bapt 11 March 1838 HALESOWEN, WORCESTER,ENGLAND
"England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J7MY-CRN : accessed 08 Aug 2012), Owen Hemus, 11 Mar 1838; citing reference , FHL microfilm 886635, 886636, 886638.


Georgea said...

I am interested in this photographer, C. Hemus as I have a relative that was photographed by him but don't know the year of the photo or what years Mr. C. Hemus operated out of Auckland?

Early Canterbury Photography said...

If you go to the Auckland City Libraries' website on NZ photographers you will find information regarding Charles Hemus' years of operation in Auckland... here http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/photographers/basic_search.htm