born 23 September 1889 Romford, Essex - died 18 October 1973, Feilding, reg. 1973/38259
from May 1913
Mr Hobday's Studio
Yesterday Mr B. Hobday took possession of the photographic studio of Mr J. E. Lewis, who is leaving Feilding. Mr Hobday, who has won a first-class reputation as a photographer of outdoor subjects, has now added portraiture to his specialities. His studio, between the Star office and Mr John Cobbe's shop, has an up-to-date equipment for all kinds of indoor work. During the first month of his new business, Mr Hobday is offering a gift of one enlargement for every order given for one dozen cabinet portraits.
Feilding Star, Volume VIII, Issue 2078, 20 May 1913
[purchased March 2021]
It is the intention of Mr Bert Hobday, of the Rona Studio, to fly in the aeroplane from Palmerston to Feilding to-morrow, and during the flight he will take aerial photographs of Palmerston and Feilding. The aeroplane leaves Palmerston at about 10 a.m., reaching Feilding racecourse between 10.30 and 11. encircling the town.
Feilding Star, Volume XVI, Issue 4066, 16 August 1920
Feilding Star, Volume XVI, Issue 4073, 24 August 1920
These were not the first aerial photographs taken in New Zealand. On 8 January 1918, Colonel Sleeman, I.G.S. Director of Military Training took aerial photographs over Christchurch . On 5 June 1920 at an illustrated lecture on aviation held at the Technical College Hall in Christchurch, Captain Euan Dickson showed many aerial photographs including a photograph he had taken over Cathedral Square from a height of 1000 ft . These may not have been the earliest examples of aerial photography in New Zealand.
 Sun (Christchurch), Volume IV, Issue 1220, 9 January 1918
 Lyttelton Times, Volume CXVIII, Issue 18427, 5 June 1920