Burton's Oamaru Portrait Gallery

Burton's Oamaru Portrait Gallery
H. J. Burton, Operator


George Ross Hislop


LOW, John

John Low

born 18 July 1847, Scotland, died 5 November 1895, Whangarei, New Zealand [or reg. as 6 November 1895, reg. no. 1895/5712 aged 47 years].

Low — Fuller.-On February 27, at Whangarei, by the Rev. Alexander Thomson, Mr John Low, photographer, of Waikato, to Eliza A. Fuller, of Whangarei.
Waikato Times, Volume XIII, Issue 1044, 4 March 1879

Low.— On the 15th inst., at the America [sic] Portrait Rooms, 13 Grey street, Auckland, the wife of Mr John Low, Photographer, of a daughter.
Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881


Judging from the specimens which have been submitted to us, Mr Tensfeld's successor will fully and efficiently supply the local demand for photographic views and portraits. Mr Low comes from Auckland, and his portfolio contains many excellent specimens of the photographer's art, and will interest any of our Auckland friends. We wish the newcomer every success.
Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867

We have had submitted far our inspection a series of photographic views of the town of Greymouth as it appeared during and after the flood of Wednesday. They have been executed by Mr Low, and are excellent specimens of the art of photography, and will form interesting mementoes of the late disaster.
Grey River Argus, Volume IV, Issue 285, 9 November 1867

Greymouth by John Low, 1867
refer Hidden Light - Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography by Ken Hall with Haruhiko Sameshima page 83, where this carte de visite is identified as being by John Low. 

View of Greymouth taken during the great flood of 6th November 1867.

The following two cartes de visite are attributed to John Low and possibly part of his series of views of the 1867 Greymouth flood.

Shown here with a flag pole outside is the Greymouth Post Office, the smaller building next door is the Telegraph Office completed in 1866

The Greymouth Post Office was never a very magnificent structure, but it has lately become not only insignificant, but exceedingly inconvenient for the public and its official occupants, by reason of alterations in the level of the footpath. The matter having been represented to head-quarters by Mr M'Beth, an improvement has been agreed to, and it is intended by the expenditure of a small amount, to raise the building, and to improve the facilities for posting and receiving correspondence. It is to be hoped that, at the same time, the convenience of the Postmaster and his assistants will be consulted, for more limited and less convenient accommodation for the extensive work of such an office as that of Greymouth could scarcely be contrived. Judged by its exterior, at any rate, the office is one which is more suited for the accommodation of hens than men.
Grey River Argus, Volume XIV, Issue 1668, 9 December 1873

 unknown photographer
another view of the Greymouth Telegraph Office and Post Office
 Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 968-217.

Grey River Argus, Issue 254, 29 August 1867, Page 3

Grey River Argus, Volume V, Issue 300, 14 December 1867, Page 1

American Portrait Rooms
13 Grey Street, Auckland

Waikato Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1437, 17 September 1881 


above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.

above: a carte de visite by John Low, Waikato.
North Auckland
cartes de visite and cabinet cards by John Low, North Auckland.

Poll and Rackham

Poll and Rackham
Hastings from October 1907 to 1910
 Wallace Robert Poll and Charles Edward Rackham

Wallace Robert Poll son of William Sheppard Poll and Elizabeth Rackham, he was a cousin of his partner Charles Edward Rackham. Born circa 1873, died 29 December 1937 Hastings, New Zealand

Charles Edward Rackham son of Charles Rackham and Harriet Anne Betts [daughter of John Girling Betts and Ann Smith], born circa 1878, Burgh St. Peter, Norfolk, England, died 23 April 1945 Auckland, New Zealand aged 67 years, reg. 1945/17145. 
His probate records show the following relatives: cousins, William George Poll, Ada Poll, Gertie Poll and Emma Poll, aunt by marriage Emma Poll [Emma Jane Lohr], half brothers and sisters Anthony Rackham, John Henry Rackham, Frank Rackham, Albert Rackham, Eva Rackham and Mabel Thomas, aunts and uncles Edward Betts, Katherine Betts and Lucy Betts, half sister Hilda Rackham


POLL, Wallace Robert

Wallace Robert Poll
previously Poll and Rackham - Rembrandt Studio

Wallace Robert Poll, son of William Sheppard Poll and Elizabeth Rackham, born 1873, died December 1937.

Poll—Prebble — At Pohui, by Cannon Tuke, on December 1st, Wallace R. Poll, son of W. Shepphard Poll, Yarmouth, England, to Nancy, daughter of the late William Prebble, of Napier.
Hastings Standard, Volume XIII, Issue 4333, 10 December 1909, Page 4

Hastings Standard, Volume XIV, Issue 4452, 4 May 1910

Wallace Poll Photographic Studios following the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake
MTG Hawke's Bay

Mr. Wallace Robert Poll, the well-known photographer and artist of Hastings, died this week. Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in 1873, of a well-known County family, the late Mr. Poll early made a name for himself as an artist. He secured a number of diplomas for his artistic work and many of his pictures are still in private collections. Some 32 years ago [about 1905] Mr. Poll came out to New Zealand with the intention of taking up farming in the Dominion with his cousin at Petane. After a year or so he gave up farming and took up his artistic work, being for a few years manager for Buntings, photographer, at Napier. In 1909 he decided to enter business on his own account and opened up a studio in Hastings. This he maintained until his death, though in recent years his business activity was frequently interrupted owing to ill-health.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19521, 31 December 1937 

three girls by Wallace Poll, Hastings

Mr. Wallace Poll of Hastings, has received word of the death of his father, who passed away at Acle, Norfolk. England, on June 13th Mr. William Sheppard Poll, Pharmaceutical chemist and surgeon dentist was in his 79th year. He went to Yarmouth in 1862, establishing at 32 Regent Road, a business which became of high repute in town and district. It was during recent years ably carried on by Mr. W. G. Poll, at. 41, Regent road, under the style of W. S. Poll and Son.

Thirteen years ago Mr. W. S. Poll, removed to Acle, and there, as at Yarmouth he gained the esteem of all who knew him. For some years he acted as hon. secretary for the Pharmaceutical Society in Great Yarmouth.

He was a keen sportsman and a good naturalist. When in Yarmouth, he made one attempt to enter the Town Council but was not successful having a weak colleague and having to contest a strong political opposition. 

Mr. Poll was twice married and had five sons and five daughters. The funeral took place at the little village of Bedingham, Mr. Poll's birthplace, a short distance from Bungay.
Hastings Standard, Volume IV, Issue 440, 20 August 1915

Picture with a History
Many people passing in and out of the office of a Hastings land-agent may have noticed hanging on a wall a large oil painting with a gold frame, depicting a restful scene of leafy-trees, a smooth flowing river on which rests a small boat, children playing on the bank, hills and windmill in the distance, and soft cloud effects. Some may have stopped to take a second look, others may have turned away thinking it was just “another picture.” But this oil painting which is believed to be by John Constable, the famous English artist, who died more than 100 years ago, has an interesting and even romantic history. The present owner of the painting is Mrs. Wallace Poll, of Hastings, whose husband, the late Mr. Poll, bought it some 30 years ago from the family of the last [late?] Sir William Russell, father of Sir Andrew Russell [he was the uncle of Major-General Sir Andrew Russell not his father].
Gisborne Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 20995, 19 January 1943
an unknown family group photographed by Wallace Poll
[purchased July 2021]

also see https://collection.mtghawkesbay.com/persons/3287