[Richard's WW1 military records incorrectly give his date of birth as 11
died 24 July 1955, Kingseat aged 67 years, reg 1955/24963
Advice has-been received that Sergeant Hillsdon, of Lyttelton, has been
promoted to company sergeant-major, and is in charge of a number of
photographers who are photographing the graves of New Zealand soldiers who have
fallen at the front.
Prior to enlisting, Sergeant Major Hillsdon was in business as a
photographer at Lyttelton. He left New Zealand with the 11th Reinforcement as a
driver in the artillery, and after a number of months in that position he joined
a light trench mortar battery. A few weeks before, the armistice was signed he
was appointed assistant photographer to the New Zealand Forces. After travelling
over Belgium and France taking photographs he returned to London and then
received his present appointment.
Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1593, 22 March 1919
HAMILTON'S NEW STUDIO.
MODERN, SCIENTIFIC APPLIANCES.
GREAT LIGHTING EFFECTS.
Those who doubt that photography is an art need only visit the new studio
of Mr R. W. Hillsden (sic), in King's Buildings, adjoining the King's Theatre, to have
their doubts dispelled. To get an art photograph it is, of course, necessary in
the first place that the photographer should be an artist, for the purely
mechanical process of developing and toning gives a very stereotyped result
unless the artistic ability of the photographer is brought into play. The
photographer is, therefore, the first consideration when seeking a good
portrait. It is next necessary that the very best appliances should be available
to enable the artist to give expression to his ideas. Mr Hillsden in fortunate
in possessing both the ability and the facilities, and he holds a distinct
advantage over most photographers in that his studio was erected especially as
such and was not merely converted. By a very elaborate system of blinds he can
produce just whatever effect he fancies, the system of light diffusion being
worked out both scientifically and artistically. The workroom and dark-room are
fitted with the very latest, devices for turning out work quickly and well, with
patent developing tanks, print driers, dry mounters and cutters, and the studio
is probably the most complete and modern in the province. The waiting-room is
very nicely fitted up and replete with the facilities for the preparation of
sitters and the town is fortunate in having so modern a studio.
Mr Hillsden himself has made a close study of the scientific side of
photography, and as official photographer to the New Zealand Expeditionary
Force, had unique opportunities for extending his experience. While in England,
he made a point of visiting the the wholesale houses and choosing the finest
equipment procurable, including several lenses improved as the result of
scientific, investigations for aerial photography. Mr Hillsden is prepared to
take sitters at any time during daylight hours, one feature of his studio being
the absence of the formalities which one has usually to undergo when sitting for
a photograph. One feels immediately at home in Mr Hillsden's presence, and the
quality of his work is undoubted.
Waikato Times, Volume 94, Issue 14707, 23 July 1921