CLAYTON, Charles

Charles Clayton

born circa 1865, third son of Henry Clayton, chemist, died 27 September 1943 aged 78 years, buried Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill block 32 plot 252, married 11 May 1886 at the Pitt Street Wesleyan Church, Auckland, reg. 1886/1060, Susannah Marks second daughter of Captain Hannibal Marks, she died 31 January 1947 aged 80 years.Captain Hannibal Marks and his son, also named Hannibal, were drowned during a sailing race in Tauranga in 1879.


An accident happened to a boy named Charles Clayton, the son of Mr. Henry Clayton, chemist, yesterday afternoon. The boy, who is a little over ten years of age, was standing in Queen-street, watching the demolition of the old wooden buildings near West Queen-street, when a spring-cart was driven sharply towards the buildings. The driver shouted to the boy, but, before he could get out of the way, he was struck in the mouth by the shaft. This knocked him down, and the cart-wheel passed over his ribs and stomach. He was picked up in an unconscious state, and taken into Mr. Hamilton's, chemist's shop. Here he received every attention and kindness, and was shortly afterwards taken home. He received a very severe blow in the mouth which cut his lips and broke one of his teeth, but this is believed to be the whole extent of the injury. There is good reason to believe that he has not received any internal injury, and it was not considered necessary to call in medical aid. Drivers of vehicles cannot be too careful in plying their vocation. They should remember that they are not to drive recklessly, allowing people to escape as best they can, but they must use every effort to prevent accidents.

New Zealand Herald, Volume XII, Issue 4395, 14 December 1875

Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 153, 2 July 1886, Page 2

Amongst the items not previously noticed are some fine enlarged photographs of the Rev. Mr Bull, Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, and other local celebrities; also two sets of well executed views. They are the work of an Auckland trained young man, Mr Charles Clayton, who for the last six years has been engaged at various leading photographic studios in the city. The enlarged pictures are on gelatine, and are guaranteed to last as long as oil paintings, at the same time possessing the merits of cheapness and fidelity to the subjects.
Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 279, 26 November 1886

from 1893

Photography is an art which has been brought pretty well to perfection of late years. Locally there are numerous exponents. The latest to pitch his tent amongst us is Mr Clayton, and he has chosen for a site the vacant section opposite to Mr Beattie's store. As those who have studied the art know, no better light than, that obtained through canvas can possibly be secured, and Mr Clayton challenges comparisons of his skill by exhibiting work which he has executed.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1263, 17 February 1893, Page 6 
The artistic photographic work of Mr C. Clayton, as exhibited in a shop window in Main street opposite the Bank of New Zealand, has been attracting considerable attention. We were yesterday shown by Mr Clayton two group of Band of Hope children, one of about 50 boys and the other of some 70 girls, taken on the lawn at the rear of Mr Beattie's late residence. The children are well grouped and the work all through is first class. Mr Clayton has also had a number of pictures of well known local and district residents on view, and these are all excellent specimens of the art. Mr Clayton intends erecting a gallery and making Gore his head-quarters from which to work the district.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1272, 21 March 1893, Page 2

Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1273, 24 March 1893, Page 7


We have been shown by Mr Clayton, photographer, the picture of the members of the Gore Wesleyan Choir, which were taken for the purpose of presenting to Mrs Abernethy. The individual portraits are good, and the grouping has been done with the view of bringing the different part-singers together— a very good idea.There are photos of the manse and church at the top corners, and a very good panoramic view of Gore at the bottom. The picture is to be appropriately lettered, and when complete will make a very nice present.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1284, 2 May 1893, Page 2

"Local Art" is the heading of a business announcement by Mr C. Clayton, which sets forth what the advertiser is prepared to do in the way of photographic enlargements.

Some specimens are to be seen in the window in Main street, and are attracting much attention. The most striking is a life-like and life-size (to measurement) picture of Mr Joseph Baker, which is as perfect a specimen of the art as could be wished for. A group of mill hands (Mr G. Stevenson's of Riversdale) is also remarkably good, as in fact are all the others, which consist of individual portraits and family groups. These are all finished in the gelitine process and are permanent pictures.

There is also a little gem - a matt-opal picture of the Mataura Fall before the water was diverted for the Paper Mill and Freezing Works races: it is quite the best of the many pictures of the falls we have seen. Mr Clayton has had considerable experience in the enlarging branch of photography, and it is gratifying to find that pictures equalling anything that can be procured outside on be completed in Gore, and as the prices are exceedingly moderate no doubt anyone wishing to "secure the substance ere the shadow fades" will patronise local industry.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1308, 25 July 1893, Page 2

Local Art

C. CLAYTON, Artist Photographer, late of R. H. Bartlett's (Gold Medalist by appointment to H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, His Excellency Sir G. P. Bowen and the. Earl of Pembroke) studio, Auckland; also late operator, etc., to C. Hemus (by special appointment), Auckland, respectfully announces to the residents of Gore, Mataura and surrounding districts that he has decided to settle permanently in Gore; also that be is now making a specialty of enlargements in gelatine, opal, carbon, ink (guaranteed non-fading), water and oil colors from miniature to full life size. Old, small, or fading photos copied, renewed, or enlarged.

Notice, I have 15 to 20 specimens (various sizes) on view next Baker's watchmaker, and respectfully invite inspection. The whole of the work of these from first to last, throughout, is done in Gore on the premises by myself, and having had many years of experience in, this branch of the profession in the above well-known studios and others of Auckland, patrons can be sure of thorough satisfaction being given.

Enlargements in gelatine, opal, carbon, water colors, etc., framed from 10s to L15s. Oil colors from L5 upwards.
Terms strictly cash on delivery. Condition: No cure no pay." Friends don't "ask for tick.
Right opposite Bank New Zealand, Gore. Open all day each Wednesday, closed Saturday.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1311, 4 August 1893, Page 1

Mr R. McNab's photo, in life size, is now on view in Mr Clayton's window, and is evidence that Gore can turn out capital work in that line.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1346, 8 December 1893, Page 4

Mr Clayton's Studio

The photographic studio in Main street, Gore, which was occupied for many years by Mr Carl Hagen, and has now passed into the hands of Mr C. Clayton, has undergone very extensive alterations and been completely refurnished and re-decorated, making it attractive, comfortable and thoroughly up-to-date in fact, in every way a credit to the enterprising proprietor. Mr Clayton has had an extensive connection with the art, and consequently knew "what was what" when obtaining his outfit; and as a result he is enabled to do all classes of work in a highly creditable manner. He has now everything at hand to ensure efficiency, and we are pleased he is satisfied with his trade and prospects.

All classes of work are on view from the modest midget to the lordly life-size enlargement and the likenesses are equally good in every grade. The work is completed on the premises, and a representative of the ENSIGN was yesterday shown the enlarging process, of which, Mr Clayton makes a specialty and which department of his art he has had great experience.

By advertisement elsewhere it will be noticed that Mr Clayton offers to give as a Christmas present to mothers who will bring their babies (from 12 to 18 months old) to be photographed, an opal photo, free gratis and for nothing, and this without the necessity to take any other photos to secure the gift. Business on these should be decidedly brisk for the next two weeks.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 15, Issue 1349, 19 December 1893, Page 2


1 comment:

otagomountedrifles said...

Very interesting background material on this gentleman.

When he states that he offered watercolor and oil painting techniques can we assume that this means hand-tinted and hand-colored images were part of his repetoire?

Are any of such coloured Clayton images still in existence and if so where might they be found?