GIBBS, William Brickell

William Brickell Gibbs

born 29 May 1844
baptised 13 March 1845, Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England
the son of Betsy (died 1898) and William Gibbs Esq [1].
died 6 August 1898 at his residence, Waimea Road, Nelson aged 54 [2]

he married
 Gytha Christiane Gjertrud Cecilie Bloch
2 February 1875 Vig, Holbaek, Denmark [3]. 
 she died 18 May 1894 at Queen Street, Colac, Victoria, Australia [4].

[he was the brother-in-law of the photographer Theodor Thorlacius Bloch, 
his father William Gibbs (c.1819 - 7 November 1896) was a member of the Nelson Provincial Council and Member for Collingwood in the House of Representatives (1874- 1882)]

Betsey Agathe Hedevig Gibbs born circa 1880, reg. 1880/18586, died circa 1958 New Zealand aged 78 years, reg. 1958/27669.

[Frokon translates as "Miss"]
West Coast Times, Issue 3004, 24 May 1875, Page 2

Colonist, Volume XVII, Issue 1965, 11 September 1875, Page 2
[this notice was first published on 7 September 1875]

Collingwood.- Our own correspondent writes:-
Mr. W. B. Gibbs is busily engaged taking numerous photos. He has executed some excellent pictures of well known residents, views, and family groups.
Colonist, Volume XVII, Issue 1976, 7 October 1875, Page 3

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 18, 19 January 1876, Page 2

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XI, Issue 22, 24 January 1876, Page 2

    Colonist, Volume XX, Issue 2337, 17 January 1878, Page 2

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XIII, Issue 17, 19 January 1878, Page 2

Mr. W. B. Gibbs, of Tinakori Road, has been appointed landscape photographer to his Excellency the Governor. 
Evening Post, Volume XVI, Issue 222, 18 September 1878, Page 2

Evening Post, Volume XVI, Issue 268, 12 November 1878, Page 3

Evening Post, Volume XIX, Issue 84, 13 April 1880, Page 3

Mr. William Brickell Gibbs, well known in Nelson as a photographer, has transferred his sphere of action to Wellington, and has opened an establishment in Lambton Quay, opposite Whitmore-street, which is to be known as the English and Continental Photographic Atelier.

The studio and gallery, which are on the upper floor, are exceedingly spacious and well-appointed. The former is elegantly furnished, and contains a piano and other luxuries, and the latter, besides being admirably situated for obtaining good "lights," is supplied with all the latest improvements in the photographic art. A dressing-room and other conveniences are provided for visitors. Mr. Gibbs has gone to considerable trouble and expense to make his establishment A1, and we wish him luck.

Evening Post, Volume XIX, Issue 110, 13 May 1880, Page 2

The Sydney Morning Herald, in an article on photographic exhibits at the Sydney Exhibition, says:— "New Zealand photography is most extensively represented. It is startling to find a country which but a few years back was a stranger to the arts of civilisation producing numbers of works of the most artistic character, and closely rivalling those of lands in which a refined taste has been cultivated for centuries. 

Mr. W. Collie, of Napier, has a really magnificent display of negatives, taken by the wet collodion process, comprising some of the most remarkable scenes to be found in New Zealand. Nothing we have ever seen at English photographic exhibitions could surpass them. They are simply perfection.

Mr. R. H. Bartlett, of Auckland; Mr. A. T. Bothamley, of Wellington; Messrs. Fox Brothers, of Thames, Mr. W. B. Gibbs, of Wellington; Messrs. Hart, Campbell and Co., of Queenstown, Wakatipu; Mr. J. I. Taylor, of Motueka, Nelson and Mr. W. T. L. Locke Travers, also exbibit a splendid collection of photographs of New Zealand scenery, to the merits of which it would take a volume to do justice.

In addition to these the Oamaru Chamber of Commerce, the Wellington City Council, the Corporation of Dunedin, and the Hokitika Committee each exhibit numerous photographs, specially taken under their superintendence, in which the scenic glories and marvels of the wonderful land of the Maori are reproduced with astonishing fidelity to nature."

New Zealand Herald, Volume XVII, Issue 5744, 15 April 1880, Page 4

Evening Post, Volume XXI, Issue 19, 25 January 1881, Page 3

 Mr. W. B. Gibbs, photographer, of Lambton Quay, has forwarded to us a fine photographic likeness of a Wellington lady, taken by a new process in the Rembrandt style. The photograph is an excellent one, the lights and shades being contrasted with admirable effect, while the general style is very telling.
Evening Post, Volume XXI, Issue 141, 18 June 1881, Page 2

Mr W. Bricknell Gibbs, photographer, Lambton Quay, Wellington, has brought out a capital photographic picture of the seven members of the House of Representatives who formed the original stonewall party on the Representation Bill— viz-, Messrs. Pitt, Shephard, Gibbs, Levestam, Seddon, Reeves and Bastings.
West Coast Times, Issue 3877, 10 September 1881, Page 2

New Zealand Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 6305, 1 February 1882, Page 1

Evening Post, Volume XXIX, Issue 25, 31 January 1885, Page 3

The Coming Elections.— We observe by advertisement that Mr William Brickell Gibbs announces his intention of seeking the suffrages of the electors in the Motueka-Waimea District.
Colonist, Volume XXX, Issue 4844, 25 June 1887, Page 3

William B. Gibbs' Creditors.
The first meeting of creditors in the estate of William Brickell Gibbs, insurance agent, was held this morning, the Official Assignee in the chair. The debtor, in his written statement, said that about 18 months ago he was quite free of debt and had about £200 to his credit. At that time he commenced to contest the last general election for Motueka, but abandoned the intention, and contested the seat for Nelson city. He lost the election, the cost being about £300. After the election he paid out every shilling he had, leaving himself without any money at all. He then started to canvass for the Government Insurance Department, but he was not successful in making up the ground he had lost. Some of his creditors bothered the life out of him, and as one of them put the bailiff into his lodgings and took possession of his luggage, he was reluctantly compelled to seek the protection of the Bankruptcy Court. The debtor, examined on oath, deposed that he did not consider it a rash thing to contest the Nelson election, as he received a requisition from a number of citizens to stand. With regard to the Motueka election, he was asked to stand by a number of electors. In order to stand he was obliged to resign his position as canvasser, but he was at liberty to canvass for other offices. He stood in the interests of the Government then in power. He was now travelling for the Australian Mutual Provident Society, but business in the insurance line was very dull. He had a wife and child to support, While he was in the Government Office, he was travelling on commission, and earned about £2 10s per week. He was a photographer by profession, but had given up the business entirely. Three or four years ago he purchased a number of shares in the United Importers' Company. At that time he was in a position to make the investment. The creditors present considered that the debtor's position was due to misfortune and a little mismanagement and on the motion of Mr. C. J. Toxward, seconded by Mr. A. Curtis, it was decided to recommend his discharge.

Evening Post, Volume XXXVI, Issue 148, 21 December 1888, Page 2

Evening Post, Volume XXXVII, Issue 119, 21 May 1889, Page 3

A lady named Mrs Gibbs died at the residence of Mr T. Bloch, the local photographer, on Friday evening. Deceased come to Colac on a visit for a change of air. About a fortnight ago she became seriously ill with hemorrhage from the stomach, and kept gradually sinking until death supervened. She was a sister to Mr Bloch. Her husband resides in Queensland. Her remains were buried in the local cemetery on Sunday.
The Colac Herald, Tuesday 22 May 1894, page 2 

[2] Colonist, Volume XLI, Issue 9244, 8 August 1898, Page 2
[3] Family Search, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

[4] The Colac Herald, Tuesday 22 May 1894, page 2

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