Wilhelm "Willem" van der Velden 
born 18 June 1877 at Wassenaar, Holland
 son of Petrus van der Velden (artist) and Sophia Wilhelmina Eckhart
arrived 21 June 1890 Lyttelton, New Zealand on the s.s. "Waihora" aged 13 years
departed Lyttelton 30 April 1898 on the s.s. "Monowai" aged 20 years
died 23 June 1954, Australia aged 77 years

Philosophical Institute.— There was a fair attendance of members at the monthly meeting of the Philosophical Institute last evening, when a paper was read by Mr Geo. Hegben on the Nelson earthquake of February 12th, 1893. Mr P. Marshall was elected a member, and the following were elected:- Associates:— Messrs T. Crook, J. Spiller, J. G. L. Scott, T. M. Horsley, A. Whitelaw, T. R. Burt, N. J. Thomson, W. Van der Velden, J. M. Thompson, A. P. Noble, T. M. Laing, A. E. Preece, W. A. Carew, and G. W. Coates.
Press, Volume L, Issue 8528, 6 July 1893, Page 4

Photography In Art.
The president of the Public Library Board (Sir William Sowden) has received. the following interesting letter from Mr. W. van der Velden, of Sydney, a prominent authority on all matters relating to photography:—

"My attention has been drawn to the decision arrived at by the board of governors of the Art Galley of South Australia to acquire for the National Museum, by purchase from time to time, examples at Australian photographs representative of our best workers. This decision is undoubtedly a progressive step which, in my opinion, might with advantage be adopted by other national institution for we have now arrived at a period of evolution in photography when its powers as a medium of expression for the artist can no longer be sanely denied. 

Pictorial art is the expression of thought or emotion by means of light reflected from pigments as in paintings or drawings; from animal or vegetable fibres as in tapestry; from clips of stone or ceramic enamel, as in mosaics. No one will deny the obvious possibility of the artist to express, and thereby again to stir up in the beholder thoughts or emotions, or both. The artist arrives at his results by training his hand to manipulate his medium of expression; and it seems to me that, whether he uses a mosaic of pigment granules, a mosaic of fibre or of stone, so long as he succeeds in arousing response in the onlooker, his aim has been achieved. If that he so, why should a mosaic made of finely distributed grains of silver, which form the oasis of expression for the artist photographer, be denied? A close acquaintance with the possibilities of photographic manipulation has convinced me that the camera, the bromide print, and the bromoil brush are just as much entitled to respectful consideration as implements for the artist as any of the older means of artistic expression. 

Australian photographic art has already won a distinguished place at the London and the American Photographic Salon Exhibitions, and has shown a steadily advancing merit, due almost solely to the enthusiasm of the exhibitors themselves; and the resolution of your board will probably do much to stimulate effort in order that exhibitors may gain the honor of permanent representation in a national collection. That there is a distinctly Australian type of pictorial work is undoubted: but it is rather hidden by the tendency of our workers to copy to some extent the somberness characteristic of the English and the European work. 
The outstanding characteristics of Australia is its sun shine, both in Nature and in its people; and if the artistic portrayal of these characteristics is found to be encouraged by the very thoughtful and progressive policy the board of governors has put into operation, they will have set going a work of   much greater importance than can it present be realised. It will be my endeavor to stimulate the photographic societies of the other States to send contributions of their best work to your annual exhibitions, in order that the Adelaide collection may have the unique distinction of being the first completely representative collection of pictorial photographs to be assembled in Australia."
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Tuesday 3 October 1922 page 11

Willem van der Velden
Wilhelm van der Velden

New Zealand Houses

New Zealand Houses

Photograph by Joseph Francis Macedo

Photograph by Adam Maclay, 251 Colombo Road (corner of Angus Street0 Sydenham, Christchurch.

 reverse inscription
"Wishing you very many happy returns of the day '24th July'
A little picture of our home."

 reverse inscription
"Compliments of the Season from all at home
(Mrs) E. Evans
Xmas 1909"

reverse inscription
"Wishing you a Merry Xmas & happy new year from ... & Nan"


 probably Auckland

probably Auckland

above and below: two views of the same house





ARNOLD, Edward

Edward Arnold
170 Queen Street

formerly Richard Redfern
succeeded by Robinson & Yates about February 1894



Auckland Star, Volume XIX, Issue 105, 4 May 1888, Page 1

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXV, Issue 9141, 24 August 1888, Page 1

Death of Mr. E. Arnold.
Mr Edward Arnold, photographer, of Queen-street, died suddenly at Ponsonby yesterday afternoon at the age of 68 years. The cause of death was apparently heart disease.

Mr and Mrs Arnold decided after dinner yesterday to visit an old friend of theirs, Mrs McLeod, in Franklin Road. Accordingly they set out from their residence in Upper Vincent-street, and when half way up Franklin Road they hurried up the hill in order to get out of a rain-shower which was threatening. Mr Arnold hurried on to reach the shelter of Mrs McLeod's verandah, and on reaching the house he told Mrs McLeod, who was on the verandah, that he felt unwell. She pointed out a chair to him, and he sat down. He appeared to get worse, and just as Mrs Arnold was entering the gate after him he slid off the chair on to the floor of the verandah and died almost immediately.

Dr. Beale was sent for, but his services were of no avail. It is believed that hurrying up the hill was the cause of Mr Arnold's sudden end, in the weak state of his heart. He had enjoyed good health until lately, when hurrying brought on faintness. He was a native of London, and had been engaged in the photographing business in Auckland for many years. He leaves no family.

Dr. Beale, who was called in to see deceased just after be died, had no doubt that death was due to natural causes, but as he had not been attending deceased he could not give a certificate of the cause of death. An inquest on the deceased was proceeding at his late residence, Vincent street, before Dr. Philson, Coroner, as we went to press this afternoon.
Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 287, 4 December 1893, Page 3

  New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXI, Issue 9425, 3 February 1894, Page 1

unknown woman photographed by Edward Arnold, Auckland
[purchased February 2022]