PRICE, Thomas Edward

Thomas Edward Price

Thomas Edward Price
Thomas Edward Price, born 10 November 1838 Builth, Breaconshire, Wales, son of John Jones Price [tanner] and Sarah Jones, baptised 16 November 1838 Builth, arrived Port Philip, Melbourne on the "Nepaul" from London 19 October 1852 aged 13 years, arrived New Zealand 1863 aged about 25 years, died 22 February 1928 Tauranga, aged 90 years, reg. 1928/10483, buried 24 February 1928 Anglican Cemetery, Tauranga, block section 7, row 11 plot 65, married 27 March 1894 by the Rev. J. K. Elliott at the residence of Samuel Clayden, Brightelmstone, Majoribankes Street, Wellington, Annie Meers born circa 1863 London, England, daughter of Ann Daniels and William Denne Meers, she died 24 November 1928 at the residence of her daughter Mrs. W. G. Hulse, Whitehall, Cambridge, aged 65 years, buried Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, block B, row, 10, plot 131.
Evening Post, Volume XLVII, Issue 74, 29 March 1894, Page 2
Thomas Edward Price married on 27 March 1894 (reg. 1894/446) to Annie Meers the sister of the Christchurch photographer Robert Walter Meers

1. Elsie Ann Price born 31 July 1898 Tauranga, reg. 1898/7068 [registered as 1 August 1898], died 19 November 1974, reg. 1974/40857, married 8 January 1924 at the residence of Thomas Edward Price, Tauranga by Rev. F. Frost, reg. 1924/9820, William Gilbert Hulse [3rd Waitako Mounted Rifles 1910, 4th Waitako Mounted Rifles 1911, N.Z. Expeditionary Force] born 2 February 1894 Wellington, reg. 1894/18079 son of Jane Gilbert and Harry Hulse, died 4 December 1975 Hamilton, reg. 1975/46165.
Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 3730, 1 August 1898, Page 2

2. Leila Gertrude Price born 27 November 1904, reg. 1905/10094, died 6 May 1991,
reg. 1991/34399, married 8 September 1928, Glen Eden, Auckland, reg. 1928/4053, Gilbert John Campbell born 28 September 1898, Pelorus, New Zealand, reg. 1898/11664, son of     Emma Ida Daniel and Alexander Campbell, died 27 August 1979, Auckland, reg. 1979/39184.

above: Annie Price nee Meers
photograph courtesy of David George

A portrait of the photographer Thomas Edward Price
photograph courtesy of David George

 "Half Way" On the Rotorua - Tauranga Road"
by Thomas Edward Price
photograph courtesy of  David George

 This detail shows Thomas Edward Price

I.O.G.T. — At the Alexandra Lodge on Thursday evening last. Mr R. B. Walcot, District Deputy, presented to Mr T. E. Price, P.G.W.M., on behalf of the members of the the Timaru Lodges, with a very handsome Grand Lodge Regalia, adorned with a massive silver shield, bearing a suitable inscription, for long and faithful services rendered to the cause of Good Templary in this district. Mr Price has been well-known for years as a foremost worker in all matters connected with the temperance cause, and his untiring efforts and genial disposition have won the confidence and esteem of all who have been associated with him in the order. The annual session of the Grand Lodge will commence its sittings at Nelson to-morrow, and Mr Price and Mr Mr R. Proctor, who have been elected as representatives for this district, left by the express train on Friday for that place.
Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1318, 10 December 1878, Page 3

Thomas Edward Price
photograph courtesy of  David George

Thomas Edward Price
Mr. Thomas Edward Price, J.P., was born at Builth, Breaconshire, Wales, England, in 1844, and accompanied his parents to Melbourne, Victoria, in 1852. He came to New Zealand in 1863, and was married in 1894 to Annie, daughter of Mr. W. D. Meares [sic] of Canterbury, Kent, England. Mr. Price was appointed to the Commission of the Peace in 1890.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District], 1902
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

 Lithograph of a seated man, with a ballot box for a head and with a mug of beer before him, carrying a banner with election results. Two men are seated on his arm and three more, with photographs of the heads of (from the top) T. E. Price, G Dixon and W Wilton pasted in. Collage made in the 1880s, probably by Thomas E. Price.
 Price, Thomas Edward, 1863-1928. Eccentricities of the ballot box, Masterton - Photograph taken by Thomas E Price. Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977: Photographs relating to Masterton and the Wairarapa. Ref: PA1-q-131-14-2. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Thomas Edward Price, Annie price and Ann Meers
 The inscription with this photograph states [and applying to the photograph below]: "This photo was taken by my uncle [perhaps Robert Walter Meers] after my parents were married, it is of them having afternoon tea with her mother, who had come to visit. I still have a few of the articles that can be seen in the picture."
Mr. T. E. Price.
The death occurred at Tauranga on Friday of Mr. Thomas Edward Price at the age of 90. He was a justice of the peace, was one of the oldest members of the Masonic Order in New Zealand, and took keen interest in local and Dominion politics. Mr. Price is survived by Mrs. Price and two Mrs. W. G. Hulse (Whitehall, Cambridge) and Miss Price (Tauranga).
Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 45, 23 February 1928, Page 12

Mr. T. E. Price.
[by Telegraph. — Own Correspondent.] 
Tauranga, Wednesday.
The death occurred here this afternoon of Mr. Thomas Edward Price at the age of 90 [born 1838]. Deceased was born at Builth, Wales, and when nine years old accompanied his parents to Victoria. He left Australia for New Zealand about 68 years ago [i.e about 1860]. Mr. Price lived at Timaru for 20 years and then moved to Masterton, where he resided for about 18 years, and came to Tauranga 30 years ago [1898]. He was a justice of the peace and was one of the oldest members of the Masonic Order in New Zealand, and took a keen interest in local and Dominion politics. Mr. Price is survived by Mrs. Price and two daughters, Mrs. W. G. Halse (Whitehall, Cambridge), and Miss Price (Tauranga).
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXV, Issue 19878, 23 February 1928, Page 12
Mr Thos. Edward Price.
A well-known colonist of sixty-five years standing in the person of Mr Thomas Edward Price passed away at his residence "Builth,” Durham Street, yesterday afternoon at the age of ninety years. The late Mr Price was born in Builth, South Wales, and when fourteen years of age went to Australia. For some time he was in business as an auctioneer in Bendigo. He proceeded to New Zealand in 1863 and later was in Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Taranaki, Wanganui, the West Coast of the South Island, and Timaru.

He was in business as a photographer in Timaru for many years and dim moved to Masterton, where he lived for about twenty years. Thirty years ago he came to Tauranga and since then had lived here practically the whole of that time, being in business for a considerable period. He took a very keen interest in local and Dominion politics, and was a personal friend of the late Right Hon. R. J. Seddon.

While in Timaru he was a member of the Borough Council and the School Committee. He actively associated himself in Tauranga with all movements that were calculated to advance the interests of the town and district. He served on the School Committee, and Chamber of Commerce, and on the latter body was one of those associated with the steps that were taken for the establishment of the Tauranga Harbour Board. He was one of the small band of citizens who started the agitation nearly thirty years back for the railway, which, just as he passed away, is a realisation, thus crowning with success the efforts and cherished hopes of the original advocates in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

He was a Justice of the Peace, and his services on the Bench were requisitioned on numerous occasions. For many years he was coroner for this district. He was an indefatigable temperance worker. He joined the first lodge of Good Templars in Timaru, where he was elected Chief Templar and subsequently was re-elected several times in succession. He was appointed District Deputy by the Grand Lodge, was made a Special Deputy by the Grand Sire Lodge of America, and was elected by the Grand Lodge to the position of Grand Marshal. He was largely responsible for the re-opening of the Temperance Lodge in Tauranga. He had a long record in the Masonic order and was initiated as a member at Charleston, on the West Coast, in 1867, which made him at the time of his death, one of the oldest Freemasons in New Zealand. He joined and assisted at the opening of the Caledonian Lodge, Timaru, in 1873, and was re-elected to the Master's chair for several years in succession. Under the dispensation of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Scotland he consecrated the Geraldine Lodge, and installed the first officers. He had a record for eleven years as Master of various Masonic lodges. He joined the Foresters in Queenstown in 1864. He was also an Oddfellow and in Timaru was elected Noble Grand, and District Deputy Grandmaster and represented the lodge in Dunedin and Timaru at Grand Lodge meetings. He joined the Orange Lodge in Timaru in 1876 and was Worshipful Master for two years. He was a member of the Rechabites in Timaru as far back as 1876 and was elected first Chief Ruler.

It will thus be seen that Mr Price during his long life gave much of his time to promoting the welfare of the people and the communities where he lived. He was the last male descendant of a very old Welsh family and claimed descent from Caractacus (King of the Britons, 43-50 A.D.).
modestia vestra notabiltr omnibus
One of Mr Price’s prized possessions was a photograph copy of his family’s arms. For several hundred years the original hung in the family home in the town of Builth, and when the family left Builth for Melbourne his father took it with him.

The late Mr Price was a man of firm opinions and was never afraid to give expression to his views. His estimable qualities won for him a host of friends. He is survived by Mrs Price and two daughters — Mrs W. G. Hulse, of Whitehall, Cambridge, and Miss Price of Tauranga — who will have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in many parts of New Zealand in their bereavement. The funeral will leave deceased’s late residence, Durham Street, at 2.30 p.m. to-morrow.
Bay of Plenty Times, Volume VI, Issue 9718, 23 February 1928, Page 2
Thomas Edward Price
photographs courtesy of  David George

Annie and Thomas Edward Price

1863, 1864
Photograph credited to Thomas Edward Price
reverse inscription:
"First bank at 
Shotover - Central Otago, 
 In the doorway is
 George Mico Ross
Miner holding bag of
[George Mico Ross died 20 April 1931 at the residence of his daughter, 43 Florence Road, Surry Hills, Victoria] 
 photograph courtesy of David George

We have had the pleasure of inspecting a series of photographs of Queenstown, the Arrow and surrounding locality, taken by Messrs Pain and Price, of this town, for the forthcoming Exhibition. The views are very correct and also vivid, considering the difficulty that oftentimes must be experienced of properly delineating distant objects in the scenery of our mountain-lake country. Some are on an extended scale, and will no doubt do much to give the public visiting the Exhibition some idea of our progress as a new goldfields town. The photographs shown at the Victorian Exhibition of the inland towns of that colony attracted much attention, both in Melbourne and at the Exhibition in London; and we are certain these views will not be the least interesting portion of the exhibits from this district.
Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 171, 17 December 1864, Page 2
The 'Daily Times' says:—"The following is a list of exhibits already sent down from the Lake District, for the New Zealand Exhibition ... Photographic views of Lake scenery, and the various diggings, taken for the Exhibition by Messrs Price and Payne, of Queenstown...
Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 179, 14 January 1865, Page 3

Photographic artists have paid us a long visit, and Messrs Pain and Price, Queenstown photographers, have travelled a long way up Skipper's with their apparatus, and will, no doubt, enlighten the colonists as to the appearance of our hills, gullies, bridges, waterwheels, claims, and townships.
Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 189, 18 February 1865, Page 2

Messrs Price and Payne, of Queenstown, send photographs which give an excellent idea of that township on our great inland lake; the photographs themselves being very capital specimens of the art. There are several frames of portraits, &c, by resident photographers, which need not at present be particularised.
Otago Witness, Issue 690, 18 February 1865, Page 1


Price & Walker
Thomas Edward Price and Charles F. Walker 
Lichfield Street, Christchurch
1865, 1866
Horticultural Exhibition  
The first exhibition for the season of the Canterbury Horticultural Society was held on Nov. 23, in the Volunteer Drill-shed, which had been kindly lent for that purpose ... In the course of the day, Messrs. Walker &  Price took photographic views of the show.  
Lyttelton Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 1562, 14 December 1865, Page 12 (Supplement)
The Fire Brigade.— Yesterday morning, at 8 am., the members of the fire brigade, assembled at the engine-house, Market square, for the purpose of having their likenesses taken. This was very successfully done by Messrs. Price and Walker, of Lichfield street, Christchurch.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 1566, 19 December 1865, Page 2
Press, Volume IX, Issue 992, 12 January 1866, Page 1
Governor's Bay Bazaar.
On Dec. 29 the bazaar in aid of the funds for the erection of the parsonage in Governor's Bay was held ... Messrs. Walker and Price, photographers, were on the ground, and took some successful pictures of the scene.

Lyttelton Times, Volume XXV, Issue 1587, 13 January 1866, Page 2 (Supplement)
Press, Volume IX, Issue 1004, 26 January 1866, Page 4
  Press, Volume IX, Issue 1072, 16 April 1866, Page 5 

No. 6 Company.—About six weeks a match was fixed between ten members of No. 6 Company and the 2nd Battalion of Salop Engineers. The Christchurch Company were victorious, averaging 52 points against 39. At the time the match was fired in England, the Salop men had their photographs taken, and they were sent out to the colony by the last Panama mail. In return, the members of No. 6 Company competing in the match assembled on Thursday last in a paddock in Lichfield street to be photographed, so as to reciprocate the compliment. A very excellent picture was taken by Mr Price, of Lichfield street.
Press, Volume X, Issue 1204, 15 September 1866, Page 2

Messrs. Price and Co., have taken some first-rate views of the Agricultural Show, copies of which can be had after Monday next, the 12th inst.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1841, 10 November 1866, Page 2
Price and Co
 1867 - about April 1867
West Coast
1868, 1869, 1870

Westport Times, Volume II, Issue 151, 24 January 1868, Page 3
Mr. Price, whose skill as a photographer is well known, has again arrived in Westport and has temporarily re established himself at his old quarters next to the Post-office Hotel. He will remain a fortnight and during that time will be prepared to take carte de visites or execute any work in the profession for those who may favour his establishment with a call.
Westport Times, Volume III, Issue 354, 18 September 1868, Page 2

We have lately been shown some characteristic photographs of mining machinery, as exhibited in the plants of some of the large claims in the Charleston district. They are interesting from a local point of view, and have been well executed by Mr Price, who is just now in Westport on a business visit. We understand this gentleman returns again to Charleston in another day or two, and that his studio here will be then closed for some time.
Westport Times, Volume III, Issue 376, 14 October 1868, Page 2

We notice that Mr Price, photographer, has revisited Westport, after a stay of some length in Charleston, and is for a short season to resume the exercise of his art in Mr De Loree's photographic saloon in Molesworth street.
Westport Times, Volume III, Issue 465, 13 February 1869, Page 2

Mr Price, Photographer has, during the past few days, been engaged taking views of the principal streets and buildings in town, many of which are very creditable works of photography and denote the artist's skill and knowledge of his profession.
Westport Times, Volume III, Issue 494, 22 April 1869, Page 2

Westport Times, Volume IV, Issue 677, 28 June 1870, Page 3
Westport Times, Volume IV, Issue 710, 13 September 1870, Page 3

Mr H. J. Price [Hugh Jones Price], of Sydney, brother to Mr Price, of Westport and Charleston, is now taking cartes de visite and other portraits at Mr Hartman's studio in Molesworth street, where he will be engaged for a few days prior to commencing business in Wanganui. Mr Price's intimate acquaintance with the art and his skill as a photographer have been favorably noticed in other portions of the Colony.
Westport Times, Volume IV, Issue 724, 15 October 1870, Page 2
It is notified in another column that Mr T. E. Price having repurchased the photographic studio from Mr Hartman will continue the business in Westport. A branch will also be opened shortly in Charleston.
Westport Times, Volume IV, Issue 735, 10 November 1870, Page 2  
from March 1871 to February 1879


Price and Hartman 
Timaru Portrait Gallery 
(Thomas Edward Price and Edward Hartman)
 about March 1871 to 10 August 1872


Price and Hartman opened their studio in Timaru about March 1871 in premises above the Gazette Newspaper office at the corner of Beswick Street and Great South Road. This was previously the location used in Timaru by Frederick Smith of the Edinburgh Portrait Galley, Dunedin. Smith later had a studio in Munro's New Building, Great South Road in Timaru. 
Timaru Herald, Volume XIV, Issue 604, 11 March 1871, Page 1 
(this notice first appeared in the Timaru Herald on 8 March 1871 and continued for about 14 months until 13 May 1872)
Following a fire in the early hours of Monday 13 May 1872, the building was a total loss. However a large portion of their photographic plant, etc was saved. Uninsured, their loss was between £40 and £50. Later that month they re-opened the studio, again in premises previously occupied by the photographer Frederick Smith in Munro's New Buildings, Great South Road. 
Timaru Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 750, 22 May 1872, Page 3
The partnership between Price and Hartman was dissolved by mutual consent on 10 August 1872. Thomas Edward Price continued on as a photographer in Timaru, but it is not known what became of Edward Hartman. 
Timaru Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 788, 19 August 1872, Page 4
T. E. Price
Artist Photographer
Timaru Portrait Gallery, Timaru



Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1277, 23 October 1878, Page 4



above cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection


Agnes St Aubyn Sims and Francis Montague Sims

Francis Louisa Demuth - aged 16 in 1876

1879 - 1897
We notice that Mr T. E. Price (late of the firm of Clark and Price, Wellington), has purchased the stock-in-trade of Mr J. J. Smith, and advertises that he is opening up a large stock of general literature.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 2, Issue 244, 21 August 1879, Page 2
We noticed at Mr T. E. Price's studio this morning, a photographic enlargement of the late Mr Haigh, of Greytown, whose melancholy fate at Coolgardie is familiar to our readers. The portrait is presented in the uniform of Greytown Fire Brigade, in which the deceased held the position of Lieutenant, and it is painted in an artistic manner by Mrs Price, who makes this branch of art a specialty. Altogether it makes one of the most striking and effective pictures which has come under our notice.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 4963, 28 February 1895, Page 2

Some very excellent Maori portrait work is now on view at Mr T. E. Price's studio in Queen-street. The coloring is very fine and shows exceptional skill; in fact, more artistic subjects could not be turned out anywhere in the Colony. The ability of Mrs Price as an artist in colors is well-known, and difficult work is often sent to her for execution, from distant parts.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 5148, 5 October 1895, Page 2

Mr T. E. Price, who has been in business in Masterton for a great number of years, has just sold his photographic business to Mr J. E. Minnis, of Christchurch. Mr Minnis is looked upon as being in the front rank of his profession. He has extensive business premises in Christchurch and other parts of the Colony. He is a young, energetic business man and we feel quite sure that his Masterton venture will prove a success.
Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 5519, 28 December 1896, Page 2
Mr. T. E. Price, J.P., the well-known Masterton photographer, is, about the end of the month, leaving the town, and district where tor many years he has carried on his business. His departure is generally regretted, because, besides being an expert in his profession, Mr Price, in a quiet, unobtrusive way, has rendered valuable aid in public matters, and done a great deal to promote the welfare and progress of the community with which for nearly half a life-time he has been associated. As a Justice of the Peace, both on and off the Bench, Mr Price has earned general esteem and respect. His absence will be a loss to the Masonic brotherhood to whose functions, when necessary, he has lent most valuable assistance. Mr Price's departure is due to the state of his wife's health, which necessitates a slight change of climate, and we understand that his new scene of operations will be Tauranga, on the East Coast. Mr Minnis, of Christchurch, an enterprising and accomplished knight of the camera is Mr Price's successor.
New Zealand Mail, Issue 1298, 14 January 1897, Page 16 


"Lou Townson"

Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 3, Issue 788, 8 June 1881, Page 3



 above cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection




Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 3842, 3 May 1899, Page 2

Mr T. E. Price, photographer, formerly of this town and now at the Saroni (Sarony) Studios, Auckland, intends making a brief visit to Tauranga this week and will re-open his studio on Wednesday. As his time here will be limited, intending sitters should take the first opportunity of making an appointment.
Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XXIX, Issue 4194, 2 September 1901, Page 2

Mr J. W. Roffey, saddler, notifies his removal from his former premises to those lately occupied by Mr T. E. Price, photographer, corner of Stand and Harington St.
Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XXIX, Issue 4222, 6 November 1901, Page 2

"Clark & Price"

1866 Lichfield Street, Price and Walker

May 1868
London Portrait Rooms, opposite post office, Charleston

London Portrait Rooms, next to the Post office Hotel, Molesworth street, Westport "two weeks only"
9 Sept 1868 - 14 Oct 1868
13 Nov 1869

London Portrait Rooms, Molesworth street, Westport - studio of Ed Hartman
28 June 1870

10 November 1870
repurchased London Portrait Rooms, Molesworth street, Westport from Mr Hartman and will open a branch in Charleston

3 January 1871
Molesworth street, Westport and Camp Street, Charleston

18 February 1871
Mr Vorley opens in portraits rooms previously occupied by T. E. Price.

1 Nov 1870 - 28 Nov 1870

T. E. Price with E. Hartman member of the newly formed Caledonian Lodge.

9 August 1872
Timaru Portrait Gallery - Price and Hartman "re-opens" in Timaru in premises lately occupied by Mr. F. Smith

23 Sept 1872 - 5 Dec 1878
27 Feb 1879 leaving Timaru for Wellington

23 October 1878
Rudolph Haigh taken into partnership

2 December 1878
lot 88 and 91 fronting on Sophia street owned by T. E. Price to be auctioned

27 Feb 1879 leaving Timaru for Wellington

7 March 1879 purchases with Mr Clark the New Zealand Educational Despository, Brandon Street, Wellington and Book and Stationery Warehouse, Lambton Quay from L. T. Bowden

23 Oct 1879 - 1884, 1894

31 October 1879
studio at Educational Depository, Queen Street, Masterton

1898 - stood for Mayor of Tauranga but unsuccessful

BROWNE—PRICE.—On the 14th inst., at St. Andrew's Church, Brighton, by the Rev. Samuel Taylor, William Browne, of Williamstown, marine surveyor, to Elizabeth Anne, eldest daughter of John Jones Price, of Builth, Breconshire. Hereford papers please copy. No cards.
The Australasian (Melbourne), Saturday 21 Nov 1868, Page 27 
PRICE.— On the 27th May, at Oaklands, Anne, eldest and last surviving daughter of the late Thomas Price, Esq., of Builth, Breconshire, South Wales, and sister of John J. Price, Brighton, Victoria, aged 79.
The Argus (Melbourne), Thursday 14 Sep 1882, Page 1
PRICE.— On the 14th October, at Brighton, John J. Price, late of Builth, Breconshire, South Wales, in the 85th year of his age.
The Age (Melbourne), Friday 16 Oct 1885, Page 1
PRICE.— On the 19th July, at 110 Carpenter street, Brighton, Ada Blanche, youngest daughter of the late John J. Price, formerly of Builth, Breconshire, South Wales. 
The Argus (Melbourne), Tue 20 Jul 1920, Page 1
PRICE.— On the 10th March at Brighton, Anne Elizabeth Price second daughter of the late John J. Price, formerly of Builth, Breconshire, South Wales.
The Age (Melbourne), Friday 11 Mar 1921, Page 1   


Unknown said...

I hold a clear photograph by Thos. E Price Masterton of a young girl holding a skipping rope. On the back someone has written 'Mrs Tait' It was saved from the belongings of Doug Tait, Hamilton when he died around the 1980's with no family to pass it on to. Anyone interested?

Emily Campbell said...

Hi there. My husband is a descendant of Thomas Edward Price, and we recently inherited some of his belongings and photographs. We are just researching him now during the Auckland lockdown, and are finding so much fascinating information - thanks so much for this article! Keen to touch base with anyone with information about him (or indeed, anyone who is interested in what we have). Cheers! Emily Campbell