Lafayette Studios

Lafayette Studios
Queen Street, Auckland

succeeded John Robert Hanna in 1902

A photographic studio on improved principles has been started in Queen street, in the premises lately occupied by J. R. Hanna. The studio is controlled by Mr C. J. Ellerbeck, formerly with Mr Sarony, and is equipped with the very latest ideas in Home and Continental photography, which have been specially imported. We predict a busy time for Mr Ellerbeck.
Observer, Volume XXII, Issue 33, 3 May 1902, Page 17

Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 7, 1 November 1902, Page 18

Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 261, 3 November 1902, Page 8

Carnell and Brown

Carnell and Brown

Trafalgar Street, Nelson

succeeded George Jackson 1865

Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIV, Issue 123, 12 October 1865, Page 4


Samuel Carnell

Samuel Carnell born 1832 Nottinghamshire, arrived Auckland 1862 on the "Caduceus", died 14 October 1920 aged 89 years, buried Old Napier Cemetery, married 24 May 1858 New Radford Church, Nottingham, Annie Mary Bunting, died 14 September 1924 aged 86 years, buried Old Napier Cemetery. 

He resided in Auckland till 1865, when he went to the goldfields at Hokitika. Later he went into business as a photographer at Nelson and Auckland, and removed to Napier in 1869.

1. Walter Henry  Carnell  died 16 July 1887 Napier aged 27 years, buried Old Napier Cemetery
2. Albert Henry Carnell born 1867, died 1921
3. Angelina Maud Mary Carnell, born 1872 Napier wife of Ralph Dew Spraggon of Wellington. married Napier Cathedral 19 February 1903

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4523, 23 February 1872, Page 1

It will be observed by a notice in our advertising columns that the improvements in Mr Carnell's photographic establishment are not yet complete, and that the studio will not be open for some days. They have been delayed, we understand, by the recent bad weather.

The improvements are of a very important character. They embrace a new studio window on Mr Vanderweyde's principle. In the Photographic News the patentee describes it as follows:

The invention consists in so placing each pane of glass that the direct rays of light passing through it to the sitter or object to be photographed shall traverse the glass as nearly as possible at right angles to its plane. In photographic studios as at present constructed, the greater part of the light passing in the direction of the sitter traverses the glass more or less obliquely, the angle varying with the distance of the glass from the sitter. It is obvious that the light must traverse more than the actual thickness of the glass, and must therefore be obstructed by absorption and by reflection to a greater extent than if it passes through the glass at a right angle. The advantage of the invention is to reduce the time necessary for exposure, and to give to the image obtained greater roundness, vigor, delicacy of modelling, and point."

The frame of the new window arrived to Mr Carnell's order by the Fernglen. It was manufactured by Messrs Marshall and Hatch of London. It is, we may further mention, reversible. The relative positions of the sitter in the camera can be changed, so that in this way a subject can have his choice as to which side of his face he will have the brighter light thrown on.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3902, 10 May 1877, Page 2

Mr Annabell has left at our office a portrait of Sir Donald M'Lean, taken from a photograph by Mr Carnell, said by Sir Donald to be the best he ever had taken. We have also seen two others by the same artist the Rev. W. Marshall and his good lady, to be left for a short time at Mr Cam ell's studio.

Portraits in oil painting may now be obtained without the long sitting formerly required. Mr Annabell only requires a good photo (or what would be best, an enlarged photo by Mr Carnell), and five minutes in the company of the person to be painted, and he guarantees a correct likeness, or, in the absence of the person to be painted, a good description, with color of hair and eyes, with photo.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3909, 18 May 1877, Page 2

Mr S. Carnell
Begs to inform his patrons and the public generally that his establishment is re-opened. The new studio window being now complete, he has every facility for producing portraits of a class never before equalled in Napier.

Thanking the public of Napier for their past patronage, he assures them that it will be his endeavor to render every satisfaction to all who may visit him in the future.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3911, 21 May 1877, Page 3


Mr Carnell, we notice, has now in operation the patent concentrating studio window, of which we gave a description a short time ago. The effect is certainty a great improvement on the ordinary method, the photographs presenting the appearance of being brought out in bold relief.

In one of the numbers of the Photographic news there is a letter to the patentee, Mr Vander Weyde, from Mr A. E. Fradelle, the photographer of Regent street, London, in which the studio window is very highly commended. Mr Fradelle says: "In accordance with your desire, I have now great pleasure in sending you my report on the qualities of your new patent studio window. After three weeks' trial, I am of opinion that my negatives have to a great extent more stereoscopic effect, and are more solid and brilliant than heretofore. The specimens I can show you will bear out the proof of my assertion in comparison with my former work. This system of lighting is peculiarly suitable for Rembrandt effects. On many occasions I have taken excellent pictures at a very late hour of the day."
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3920, 31 May 1877, Page 2

Three oil paintings by Mr Annabel are on view at Mr Carnell's studio, and will well repay a visit, being portraits of Mr John Heslop, senr., Mr Wilkin, manager of the Grange property, and Dr Hitchings. The two latter are colored enlargements of photographs, and the result produced in this manner is very exact to life indeed.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5001, 6 February 1878, Page 2

Mr S. Carnell, the well-known photographer, has leased the land in Tennyson street, between Messrs Banner .and Liddle's stores and Mr Sainsbury's offices, and purposes erecting a large photographic establishment on the site, the material to be either of concrete or timber.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5709, 8 June 1880, Page 2

Mr S. Carnell, photographer, has received the second order of merit at the Melbourne Exhibition.
Daily Telegraph, Issue 3022, 3 March 1881, Page 2

Mr S. Carnell yesterday opened his new photographic studio in Shakespeare road, in the premises recently occupied by Mr Cassin. He has had the place re-fitted and made most convenient for the uses of a photographer.

There are waiting-rooms and retiring-rooms for ladies, and all the accessories of a complete establishment. The studio has been erected behind the main building, and the Vanderweyde patent windows have been repaired and utilised. The room is 17ft wide by 35ft long, and is, we believe, the largest studio in the Australian colonies.

Determined to protect himself as far as possible from another disastrous fire, Mr Carrell has also built a brick strong-room for the reception of his more valuable instruments and appliances. We wish him every success in his new start in business.
Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 6213, 5 April 1882, Page 2

CARNELL, S. (NAPIER). Mr Carnell, who succeeds Mr Swan as Napier's representative, is a photographer here and an old resident. He is a member of the Harbour Board as a nominee of the present Government, and was among the last batch of J.P.'s. He is also a member of the Charitable Aid Board and Hospital Board. He is a fluent, rapid speaker, of extreme Radical views, verging on downright Socialism. He wants to see the present land tax very much increased until all the large estates are burst up. He is, however, out of politics a genial, though excitable man, but very suspicious of the motives of those opposed to him.
Press, Volume L, Issue 8653, 30 November 1893, Page 6

His Worship The Mayor, Mr. Samuel Carnell

His Worship The Mayor, Mr. Samuel Carnell, J.P., was first elected to the Mayoral chair in 1904, and in the following year he was again elected unopposed. He was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in the year 1832, was educated at Old Lenton, and was brought up as a mechanic in connection with the lace industry. He turned his attention to photography, and after the discovery of the collodion process, in 1852, left for New Zealand, arriving in Auckland by the “Caduceus” in 1862. 

He was employed as operator by Messrs Crombie and Webster, photographers, of that city, and on the outbreak of the Hokitika gold “rush,” in 1865, he left for the Coast to try his luck at the diggings. Not meeting with the success he anticipated, he went to Nelson, where he opened a photographic studio for six months, then returned to Auckland, and finally removed to Napier in 1869, where he established a studio.

 In 1905 he sold out his business to his nephew, Mr. Bunting, and he now (1906) lives in retirement. Mr. Carnell has always taken great interest in public matters, and supported the liberal party. In 1894 he stood for the Napier seat, defeating his opponent, Mr. Swan, by 520 votes, and represented the district for three years in the liberal interest. He holds advanced views on the “Land Question,” believing that the only way to prevent the possession of large estates is to limit by law the amount of land one man can hold. He has always been opposed to the totalisator, and in the session of 1895 carried a motion in favour of its abolition, and in the session of 1896 he drafted a Bill to give effect to that resolution. The Bill passed its second reading by a majority of nine votes, but was blocked in committee, and slaughtered with the “innocents.” 

For many years Mr. Carnell has been a member of the Napier Hospital Board, is a member of the Napier Harbour Board, and was a member of the Land Board. He also served for some years as a member of the local school committee, and is a Freemason.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Cyclopedia Company, Limited, 1908, Christchurch


Mr and Mrs Samuel Carnell, of Napier, have celebrated their diamond wedding, having been married at the New Radford Church, Nottingham, on May 24th, 1858. Mr Carnell has had the honour of being Mayor of Napier on several occasions, and also represented the town in Parliament for three years.

He was born in Nottinghamshire in 1832 and arrived in New Zealand in 1862. He went to Napier in 1869 after taking part in the West Coast gold rush and setting up in Nelson and Auckland as a photographer.
Colonist, Volume LX, Issue 14785, 30 May 1918, Page 4

An old resident of Napier, Mr. Samuel Carnell, died yesterday afternoon, aged eighty-eight years. Deceased, who was Mayor of Napier in 1904 and 1905, was born in Nottinghamshire, and reached Auckland in the ship Caduceus in 1862. He resided in Auckland till 1865, when he went to the goldfields at Hokitika. Later he went into business as a photographer at Nelson and Auckland, and removed to Napier in 1869.

Deceased won the Napier seat in the Liberal Party's interest in 1894. He was also a member of local bodies, and was a Freemason.
Evening Post, Volume C, Issue 92, 15 October 1920, Page 8

  Unnamed fireman photographed by Samuel Carnell, Napier.
[purchased November 2022]









unknown woman by Samuel Carnell, Napier
[purchased September 2021]

E. A. Carnell
Artist Photographer, 
George Street, New Radford, near Nottingham
[brother of Samuel Carnall]