PATTISON, John Alexander

John Alexander Pattison
born 11 October 1867, reg. 1867/33837 son of Elizabeth and John Pattison
died 18 April 1899 aged 31 years, reg. 1899/3502    
buried  Riverton Cemetery, 38 Presbyterian Section Row C 

Western Star, Issue 1751, 29 March 1893

By advertisement appearing in this issue it will be seen that Mr John Pattison, son of our esteemed townsman, Mr John Pattison, of the Globe Hotel, Riverton, has commenced business in the Western District as a portrait, landscape, and equestrian photographer. He has served a lengthened apprenticeship to the art of photography, and has had large experience both in New Zealand and Australia. 

He was in the employ of Mr Dougall, whose pictures were pronounced to be works of art, and of Messrs Vandycke, Cuttle and Co., [Vandyke?] Stewart and Co.  (Melbourne), and Kingdon and Co., all admitted to be the best photographers in Australia. As a result of his connection with these eminent firms, he is quite an adept at using all the latest improvements for ensuring good pictures. 

We had the pleasure of inspecting some of his work, comprising views of the Jacob’s River Estuary, taken a few weeks after his return from Australia, portraits, and views of the famous Yarrangobilly Caves (said to rival in splendour the Jenolan Caves), near Tumut, New South Wales. The pictures, which have more the appearance of hand-paintings, are a credit to Mr Pattison, especially his views of the caves, which might be equalled but not excelled by any photographer. We feel safe in saying that he will obtain many orders.

Western Star, Issue 1751, 29 March 1893

Mr John Pattison, jnr., artistic photographer, inserts a notice calling attention to the fact that he is prepared to execute orders for any kind of photographic work entrusted to his care. All orders left at the Globe Hotel, Riverton, will be executed with taste and despatch. We have had the pleasure of seeing some of the work done by Mr Pattison, and which is on view in Mr W. S. Pattison’s window, Riverton, and we feel justified in saying that it equals any done by any photographer. A picture of some members of the Birchwood Hunt Club mounted on their hunters, with the hounds in the foreground, is excellently taken, and reflects credit on the artist. The hunters come out splendidly, and it is no easy matter to photograph animals. As Mr Pattison’s prices are reasonable, we hope to hear of there being no scarcity of orders. In conclusion, we say “Go and see yourselves as the camera sees you.”

Western Star, Issue 1779, 5 July 1893

There was a good attendance at the Riverton Mutual Improvement Association on Wednesday evening, when papers were given on “ Photography ” and “ A Great Plan of Reform,” the former by Mr J. Pattison, jnr., and the latter by Mr J. C. Thomson. In the absence of Mr Pattison, Miss Pattison read his essay, which traced the discovery, progress, and improvement of the art and methods employed for producing a picture. In the course of his paper, the writer combated the statement frequently made that photography was not an art, and said that to make a good photographer one required the indispensable qualifications of skill, refinement, and scientific knowledge. Photography expressed ideas, and when the fixing of natural colors was achieved, the occupation of the painter would be superseded by the artistic photographer. The paper was much appreciated...

Western Star, Issue 1780, 8 July 1893

Two men named John Pattison and Alexander Beattson were killed at Orepuki on Tuesday afternoon by a fall of earth from the face of Treseder's sluicing claim, beyond the river Waiau. Pattison is the son of a well known Riverton hotelkeeper, recently deceased.

Mataura Ensign, Issue 573, 20 April 1899

John Pattison died 21 January 1899 at his residence, Globe Hotel, Riverton, buried Riverton Cemetery.

Obituary. — Mr John Pattison, of the Globe Hotel, Riverton, died at his residence there on Saturday last. Deceased was 76 years of age, an old colonist, and resident of the Western district. He was a native of Burntisland, Fifeshire, and took early to seamanship. In 1851 he said good-bye to the water, and spent the next eight years or so goldmining in Victoria. He then moved to New Zealand and made his home on the Aparimi. He tried digging at Tuapeka for a while, then at Orepuki, and after that took to farming above the Narrows, on the Pourakino. 

Twenty years ago he took the Globe Hotel, and remained there till his decease. His widow and eight children — four sons and four daughters — constitute the family left. The funeral takes place to-day, and will be accompanied with Masonic honours.

Southland Times, Issue 14255, 25 January 1899

Mrs Pattison

There passed away on Sunday, at Riverton, a very old identity in the person of Mrs Pattison, widow of the late Mr. J. Pattison, so well known to all old settler of Wallace. Mrs Pattison had been in delicate health for some time. The remains were interred in the Riverton Cemetery to-day.

Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume III, Issue 135, 3 December 1907

Unknown Photographer

Probably George Brownlee Isdale (born 26 January 1892) and his sister Cora Gretta Murray Isdale "Gretta" (born 6 June 1893), the children of John Isdale and Margaret Cuthbertson Brownlee. 
Gretta Isdale married in 1921 to James William Holden Fredric.

reverse message
"Glencairn" Oamaru
Seasons greetings from an old friend. Hope you enjoy your Australian trip. Heard from a friend of your doings in Waimate. Sorry I could not be there.
Yrs sincerely
G. Brownlee Isdale"

Otago Daily Times, Issue 12404, 14 July 1902, Supplement

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Elmwood Studios

Elmwood Studios
Dee Street, Invercargill

 numbered B110 3

The Phillips Candid Camera Service

The Phillips Candid Camera Service
Night Party Photo Specialists

 numbered 674-A 52

Phillips Bros

Phillips Bros
Edward Arthur Phillips and Henry Phillips
Esk Street, Invercargill

Succeeded Karl Andreas Gerstenkorn in Invercargill January 1907

Southland Times, Issue 10939, 18 January 1907


Southland Times, Issue 10944, 21 May 1907

Southland Times, Issue 10967, 19 June 1907

Southland Times, Issue 10995, 23 July 1907

In this issue Mr Henry Phillips, proprietor of the new Alma photographic Studio in Neil’s Building, at the corner of Dee and Spey streets, makes his opening announcement. The premises are claimed to be equal to anything of the kind in the dominion, and the advertisement which announces reduced prices for a short period in all classes of work will doubtless be read with great interest by our readers.
Southland Times, Issue 14091, 24 April 1909
Southland Times, Issue 14091, 24 April 1909

Bruce Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 58, 5 August 1912

WATSON, Frederick George

Frederick George Watson

Van Dene

Van Dene

an unidentified soldier by Van Dene Studio, Hamilton

FAWSON, Herbert Lewis

Herbert Lewis Fawson 
born 3 November 1875 London
died 5 April 1949 aged 74 years, reg. 1949/20650

The Alva Studio, 126 Cuba Street, Wellington
July 1915 to circa March 1918
 from 1923 the Marie Dean Studio was located at this address. 

Postcard blind stamped "Alva, Cuba Street, Wellington"
reverse inscription 
"L. Whitelaw
Yours Les & Lois
June 19 - 1916"

New Zealand Times, Volume XL, Issue 9091, 9 July 1915

The Alva Studio, 26 (sic) Cuba street, is now under entirely new management, Mr H. Fawson, a well-known Auckland photographer, having purchased the business. General alterations and improvements have been effected, and the studio is now one of the most up-to-date in the city. First-class work and entire satisfaction is guaranteed all patrons. 
New Zealand Times, Volume XL, Issue 9091, 9 July 1915

Ballot Appeals
Military Service Board
Herbert L. Fawson, photographer, Cuba-street, in asking for a further extension of time to enable him to dispose of his business, mentioned that he is in his 43rd year. He had been ordered into the C1 camp. — Leave was granted until March. 
Evening Post, Volume XCV, Issue 28, 1 February 1918