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Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post. 

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site.  I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have.  I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

N.Z. Photography Exhibition in London


The exhibition of New Zealand photographs recently organised by the director of the Auckland Art Gallery, Mr. J. Barr, will be opened to-morrow afternoon, by the chairman of the Auckland City Council's Library Committee, Miss E. Melville. The collection, comprising 80 prints, has been obtained with the aid of five of the principal New Zealand camera clubs and various individual photographic workers. After being shown in Auckland, it will be sent to London and exhibited at the headquarters of the Royal Photographic Society.

Mr. Barr's original aim was to assemble in one collection as much as possible of the best work done in New Zealand since photography was first recognised seriously as an art medium. This proved to be impracticable, but he succeeded in getting together a good collection representative of work done in the past two years, with some prints from the earlier period. Unfortunately, no work from Canterbury was available, and that of some rather well-known photographers could not be obtained, for various reasons, but the exhibition as a whole is creditable to the Dominion.

Landscapes and seascapes largely predominate, but industrial and still-life subjects, portraits and figure studies receive a good deal of attention and include some of the best work. Generally speaking the photographers aim at delicate tones, soft effects and the "atmosphere," which is notoriously difficult to obtain in New Zealand. Some, however, have successfully attempted the sharp outlines and strong contrasts beloved of the newer school.

"Portrait of a Painter," by Gerald E. Jones, F.R.P.S., [Gerald Edgar Jones, 1880-1963] of Auckland, lately won several awards in the Kodak world competition Mr. Jones also has a quaint study, "Gossip," of a fisherman, a woman and a small sailing-boat hauled up on the sand. The still-life, "Ex Libris," by Douglas F. Lyons, [
Douglas Francis Lyons, 1901-1982] of Auckland, which won first prize in the last Dominion competition, is included, together with a very good study by him of a nude figure on a grassy hill-top entitled, "Dying Day."

Fishing launches moored at wharves provide subjects for masterly work by J. Treloar [James Treloar, 1882-1945], of Hamilton, and Miss Una Garlick, [Eunice Harriett Garlick, 1883-1951] of Auckland. There are fine studies of sailing ships by J. H. Kinnear [James Hutchings Kinnear, 1877-1946] and A. N. Breckon, [Arthur Ninnis Breckon, 1887-1965] of Auckland. Among the best landscapes are those by George Chance, F.R.P.S., [George Chance, 1885-1963] and D. Y. Erwin, [Desmond Yule Erwin, 1903-1961] of Dunedin, and J. W. Jones, of Wellington. A night scene outside the Dunedin railway station, by Miss B. M. Gibson, is unique in the collection. H. Tornquist, [Herbert Richard Tornquist, 1897-1969] of Auckland, contributes two good portraits, including one of the violinist, Balocovic. Two impressionistic landscapes by J. C. Holland, of Auckland, best represent the work of the earlier era.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21121, 2 March 1932, Page 11

An interesting exhibition of New Zealand pictorial photographs is being arranged at the Auckland Art Gallery, consisting of 80 prints contributed by the members of the various camera clubs throughout the Dominion and other camera men not associated with these clubs. The clubs represented will be those of Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Dunedin and Invercargill. An unusual feature of the collection will be that after they have been exhibited at Auckland the photographs will be sent to London for exhibition in the room of the Royal Photographic Society. This will be the first occasion on which a representative collection of New Zealand pictorial photography has been shown in England. It had been hoped to make the exhibition representative of past and present photography in New Zealand, but unfortunately the contemporary work prevails, a few prints only of the older school of camera men being displayed. The exhibition will be opened on Thursday afternoon by Miss E. Melville, chairman of the Library Committee of the City Council.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21118, 27 February 1932, Page 13

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE EXHIBITED IN LONDON. A fine selection of New Zealand pictorial photography has been arranged at the Auckland Art Gallery. After being exhibited at Auckland they are to be sent to London for exhibition in the room of the Royal Photographic Society.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIX, Issue 21120, 1 March 1932, Page 6

N.Z. Photography Exhibition in London

(From "The Post's" Representative.)
LONDON, March" 8.

An interesting exhibition of pictorial photography is now being held at the Royal Photographic Society's Gallery in Russell Square. The exhibits are a selection from the Auckland Camera Club, the Hamilton Photographic Circle, Hororata Camera Club, Dunedin Photographic Society, and the Invercargill Camera Club, and they have been sent at the request of the London Society to be hung for a month. Most interesting from the point of view of the producers of the pictures will be the criticism's by the London Press and technical journals, but at the time of writing the London critics not yet received their invitations.

Out of the 143 studies shown one might pick a large number that are well up to the standard of those selected for exhibition purposes in this country. On the other hand, there is certainly a tail to the list which falls below the London standard. One other general criticism which is likely to be heard later is the lack of any special New Zealand type. Officials at the Gallery say that this particular failing is to be found in exhibitions of other Dominion photographers. There is a tendency on the part of the photographers to imitate the style of English photography instead of striking out on a style of their own and selecting views that are typical of the country they represent. Certainly in the present exhibition there are groups of a dozen or twenty together which to a casual observer could have been taken in this or in any country other than New Zealand.

Among the pictures that are typical of New Zealand scenery are Rangitoto (Una Garlick), The Remarkables (E. B. Jeans), Skippers Road (H. W. Smith), The Maclennan Bridge (T. Mayne), Milford Mists (H. W. Smith), and A Sylvan Glade (J. W. Johnson). There are several Maori portrait studies, the best being Georgina, the Guide, and another showing an elderly Maori woman smoking a pipe (both by Una Garlick), and A Maori Belle (E. T. Robson). Other studies of general subjects which seem to call for mention are Shipmates o' Mine — two yachts with all sails set, flying with the wind; Sunlit Columns (I. L. Powell); The New Road (H. W, Smith); A Misty Morning (G. D. Anderson); The Portico (D. V. Erwin) (showing sunlit columns); Water Lilies (J. W. Johnson); Mending the Sail (A.N. Baker); The Hay Shed (Hannah Johnson); Heat (W. J.. Thompson) — a stoker at his work; The Sailing Ship (J. H,. Kinnear); and Spring Sunshine (W. Middlemass).

A picture notable for the beauty of the subject as well as for the photography is Impudence (B. J. Searle) — a white peacock standing beneath the bough of a tree. In Remembrance (C. P. S. Boyer) is an artistic production of the memorial bridge in Christchurch. The Story Teller (E. T. Robson) — a scene inside a Maori house — combines good subject matter with something typically New Zealand. The Shadow (A. N. Baker) is something of  a curiosity showing a bird's shadow in the form of a dragon. Pardon Me (W. J. Thompson) is an amusing still life study of a toy duck, a ball, and a doll. Finally, of the several nude exhibits, by Nell Porter [Nello Porter], Elegance and Grace are both very beautiful.

Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 90, 18 April 1933, Page 9

SEARLE, Roland James

Roland James Searle
born 21 August 1904, New Zealand, reg. 1904/16450
 son of James Searle [1] and Minnie Adeline Tattle
died 1984 reg. 1984/48987  

Roland James Searle was a grandson of George Tattle the Superintending Overseer at the Government Printing Office [2]. His aunt Rosina Ann Tattle was married to Sir Charles John Boyd Norwood, businessman and Mayor of Wellington from 1925 to 1927, his cousin was Sir Walter Norwood. In 1920 his uncle Arthur Herbert Tattle was killed in Sydney while attempting to photograph an aeroplane as it was taking off [3].

see Wellington by R. J. Searle -

reverse inscribed "Sec 307"

reverse inscribed "Sec 203"

Prize List
Manawatu A. and P. Association's Show 1929 - Amateurs, 1st prize for Animal life, R. J. Searle.
Evening Post, Volume CVIII, Issue 112, 7 November 1929, Page 23

Wellington Camera Club March 1930 - Senior section, genre study (picture telling a story), 3rd prize, Mr. R. J. Searle.
Evening Post, Volume CIX, Issue 69, 22 March 1930, Page 13

Manawatu and West Coast A. and P. Show 1930 - Open Class, 2nd prize for Animal study, R. J. Searle (Wellington).
Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 110, 6 November 1930, Page 22

Wellington Camera Club November 1930 - Street Scene, 3rd prize.
Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 124, 22 November 1930, Page 7

Wellington Camera Club February 1931 - Landscape, 3rd prize.
(Messrs. Boyer, Peart and Johnson constructively criticised the pictures.)
Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 45, 23 February 1931, Page 5.

Wellington Camera Club March 1931 - Mr R. J. Searle spoke on double toning, with special reference to Zoo photography.
Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 56, 7 March 1931, Page 6

Waikato Winter Show 1931, Amateur Photography, senior division, over 20 years - landscape photo, 3rd prize.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20884, 28 May 1931, Page 14

Wellington Winter Show 1931, Amateur Classes, Animal study, 2nd and 3rd prize; Any subject, 2nd prize; Kodak special prize, 3rd prize.

Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 52, 29 August 1931, Page 15

Wellington Camera Club, October 1931, his picture "Impudence" was one of three Animal studies selected to be sent to the Auckland Art Gallery.
Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 89, 12 October 1931, Page 5

Wellington Camera Club, October 1931, Animal Study, A section, 2nd prize.
Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 102, 27 October 1931, Page 3

Auckland A. and P. Show 1932, Senior division, landscape photo, 2nd prize; seashore, river or lake, 2nd prize; shipping study, 1st prize.
Auckland Star, Volume LXIII, Issue 48, 26 February 1932, Page 5

National Dairy Show, Palmerston North, 1932, Amateur Classes, animal study, 1st and 2nd prize.
Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 141, 16 June 1932, Page 7

Wellington Winter Show, 1932, Open Classes, landscape, 2nd prize; Amateur Class, animal study, very highly commended; still life, 3rd prize; any subject, 1st prize.
Evening Post, Volume CXIII, Issue 148, 24 June 1932, Page 11

Auckland Winter Show, Best Photograph of High Speed Work, 2nd prize; animal study, 1st prize and very highly commended.
Auckland Star, Volume LXIII, Issue 164, 13 July 1932, Page 3

Wellington Camera Club 1932, animal study, A Section, 3rd prize;
Mr. R. J. Searle gave many valuable hints to animal photographers, illustrating his points by means of a selection of photographs of his own taking. Any camera was suitable to take pets with; for zoo work a reflex was more suitable. In zoo photography, cage and bar shadows should be avoided. With ordinary equipment and little trouble, one could obtain a very fine range of subjects.
Evening Post, Volume CXIV, Issue 46, 23 August 1932, Page 14

Wellington Camera Club October 1932, Still life A Section, 1st and 3rd prize.
Evening Post, Volume CXIV, Issue 98, 22 October 1932, Page 5

Auckland A. and P. Show 1933, shipping study, 3rd prize.
Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 47, 25 February 1933, Page 12

Wellington Easter Show 1933, Amateur Classes, landscape 2nd prize; animal 1st and 3rd prizes; still life, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 84, 10 April 1933, Page 9

Mr. Denton presided over the fortnightly meeting of the Camera Club, when an "animal study" competition was held. The result of the voting was as follows:—
A section: Mr. J. W. Johnson, 1 and 2; Mr. Ian L. Powell, 3.
B section: Mr. L. Powell, 1.
C section: Mr. C. S. Smith.

Mr. R. J. Searle read a paper on "Animal Photography," dealing principally with zoo photography and the photography of domestic pets, illustrating his remarks by means of numerous examples of his own work. The competition entries were also briefly criticised by Mr. Searle. "Railway Photography" was next dealt with by Mr. Searle, and this being somewhat out of the usual run, was listened to with close attention. The various photographs displayed showed what could be done in this direction. At the conclusion, Mr. Searle was accorded a hearty vote of thanks.
Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 19, 22 July 1933, Page 6

A quiet wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. Tattle, on Wednesday last [5 August 1903] , when their eldest daughter (Minnie) was married to Mr. James Searle, the well-known tenor singer, of this city. Miss Florence Tattle (sister of the bride) acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. T. J. Tattle officiated as best man. The bride wore her travelling costume, with hat to match. The Rev. W. C. Oliver performed the ceremony. The happy pair left by the afternoon train for the West Coast, to spend their honeymoon. In the evening a large number of friends assembled to do honour to the occasion.
Free Lance, Volume IV, Issue 163, 15 August 1903, Page 10

Party Given by Sons
A party for Mrs. M. A. Searle was arranged for her recently by her sons, Messrs. Rowland and George Searle, to enable immediate relatives and close friends to welcome her home after her two years' visit to Europe and Britain. The party was held at James Smith's tea rooms, which were beautifully decorated with delphiniums, love-in-the-mist, pink carnations, and bronze foliage.

Mrs. Searle wore a smart navy blue and white costume. Those present were Lady Norwood, Mrs. E. J. Bethell and Miss Marjorie Bethell, Mesdames Len George, Walter Norwood, C. W. Mack, R. W. Atkinson, W. H. Gledhill, John Murray, B. Sutherland, Arthur Mack, J. R. Hocking, and Reay McKay.

Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 145, 16 December 1938, Page 14

Evening Post, Volume CXXXIV, Issue 24, 28 July 1942, Page 1

[1] Mr. James Searle, who has been well known in local business and musical circles for many years past, died at his residence in Pirie street yesterday. The late Mr. Searle was born at Plymouth 55 years ago. He settled at Gisborne at an early age, but later removed to Wellington, where he has since been engaged, until his illness, as a commercial traveller. For about 20 years he was a member of the choir at St. Paul's Pro-cathedral, and he was also a member of the Liedertafel and of other organisations. He is survived by his widow, two sons, and a daughter.
Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 106, 1 November 1926, Page 11

Died 31 October 1926 at this residence 71 Pirie Street, Wellington in his 55th year. 
Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 106, 1 November 1926, Page 1

[3] The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 1920 page 13

Whitehead Bros.

Whitehead Bros. 

Henry Norbert Whitehead and Leonard Charles Whitehead 

Henry Norbert Whitehead, born 9 April 1870 Kilmore Street, Christchurch [1],  New Zealand, reg.  1870/28504 son of George James Whitehead and Mary Ann Clark, died circa 1965 aged 95 years, reg. 1965/24852, married circa 1912 reg. 1912/8566, Fanny Major.

Leonard Charles Whitehead, born 27 September 1873, Kilmore Street, Christchurch [2], New Zealand, reg. 1873/40900  son of George James Whitehead and Mary Ann Clark, died circa 1960 aged 86 years, reg. 1960/22087, married 25 December 1899 at Hastings, Annie McGregor. 

In 1903 their father George James Whitehead worked for the Post Office and was chief of the Christchurch mail room. [3]

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXVII, Issue 11270, 13 January 1900, Page 1

Leonard Whitehead give evidence in a court case in Christchurch in 1892 involving the photographers Eden George and Alfred Gadd.
Star, Issue 7341, 15 August 1892, Page 3

  Daily Telegraph, Issue 7954, 5 January 1897, Page 3

 Daily Telegraph, Issue 7979, 3 February 1897, Page 3

Messrs Whitehead Bros., photographers, have some excellent specimens of the photographic art, particularly in enlargements of well-known residents portraits. The staff at this studio have lately been strengthened by the addition of the services of Mr H. E. Gaze, of the principal art studios of Sydney [Falk] and Christchurch [C. H. Manning].
Daily Telegraph, Issue 7981, 5 February 1897, Page 3

The body of a lamb with two distinct and comparatively well formed heads was picked up in a paddock at Te Aute on Thursday. A photograph of this freak of nature was taken by Messrs Whitehead Bros., and a copy will be exhibited to-night in Messrs J. M. Crerar and Son's shop window.
Daily Telegraph, Issue 8963, 11 September 1897, Page 3

Daily Telegraph, Issue 8997, 22 October 1897, Page 3

Daily Telegraph, Issue 9289, 8 October 1898, Page 3

Whitehead's picture gallery has been one of the attractions of the Show week. His collection contains high-class specimens of the art both in portraits and landscapes. But his especial forte is one in which few artists excel, that of pictures of interiors of rooms. One of the most effective of these, both in toning and clearness, is that of the interior of the surgery of Mr Merewether, dentist...
Daily Telegraph, Issue 9296, 17 October 1898, Page 4

Photography is strong here, and is well represented by the artistic grouping of Mr Burton in Heretaunga street, whilst Mr L. C. Whitehead, of Station street displays some grand portraiture.
Daily Telegraph, Issue 9353, 23 December 1898, Page 4

 Daily Telegraph, Issue 9355, 27 December 1898, Page 2

"Limestone Falls in Marae Totara River, Mokopeka"
[Maraetotara Falls near Hastings]

Mr H. N. Whitehead announces in another column that he has just started as a photographer in this town, in the premises between the Bank of New Zealand and the Red House, in Main-street. Mr Whitehead's long experience with his brother at Hastings in the Hawke's Bay district, should be a sufficient guarantee that the work executed by him will be of a first-class character, and we are satisfied from specimens seen that he is sure to please his patrons. Mr Whitehead makes a specialty of family groups, and undertakes to take his camera to any part of the district free of charge.
Manawatu Herald, 25 March 1899, Page 2

Manawatu Herald, 25 March 1899, Page 3

  Manawatu Herald, 9 November 1899, Page 1

[1] Press, Volume XVI, Issue 2178, 11 April 1870, Page 2
[2] Press, Volume XXI, Issue 2547, 3 October 1873, Page 2
[3] Cyclopedia of New Zealand, Volume 3 - Canterbury 1903, page 351

WILDBORE, Charles Edward

Charles Edward Wildbore

  born 1861 Clerkenwell, London, England
son of Charles Lee Wildbore and Emma Lydia Guy
arrived 30 August 1874 Wellington, New Zealand on the SS Euterpe
died 7 September 1937 Palmerston North, NZ
buried 9 September 1937 Pohangina Cemetery, Pohangina 

10 November 1888, Palmerston North
Emily Jane Dallinson
born 18 Mar 1869 Bulls
died 6 March 1942 Feilding

RICH, Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson Rich
London House, Rees Street

Lake Wakatip Mail, Issue 502, 16 July 1868, Page 2

Boswell, Philip Frederick

Philip Frederick Boswell

Alpine Guide
born 14 March 1927
he was divorced from his wife Lorraine Frances Boswell in 1963 
died 10 Dec 2008 aged 81 years, reg.2008/30901
buried Picton Cemetery, plot number 38, plot key 18724 

by Phil Boswell - Copland Pass in January 1966.

This print was taken during a crossing to Westland from the Hooker Valley. We stopped to put on parkas and crampons before the final slope and this was the first of the morning sunlight. The day was rather overcast with very high cloud. The light was reflected from the snow onto the left side of Alf''s face and this shot was sneaked while Alf was busy with the oranges.

This is one of the first large prints attempted and had to fix this in the baby bath. Had the developer up to temp but by the time the test strips were completed the temp was down to 53° and the development was extended to 3 minutes. Wash water temp down to 36° and print was washed for a full 24 hours in fast flow then given a final rinse in warm water.

Reverse inscription in pencil
"Acyphylla (sic) Boswelli
supposed extinct - found by Boz"
stamped P.S.N.Z National Monochrome Portfolio
Order 11 Circuit 2
Aciphylla Boswelli is not listed in Collins Guide to the Alpine Plants of New Zealand by John Salmon or in Threatened Plants of New Zealand by Catherine M. Wilson and David R. Given.

Hochstetter Ice-fall
the three highest peaks from the left are Silberhorn, Tasman and Hasst Ridge.

Mt Cook from Hermitage Gardens

Mt Cook (12348') from Sealy Range

Ball Glacier

Chipps and Trev

Tasman Valley Xmas 1947-48

Haidinger (10059')

Tasman Glacier
showing Rudolf Glacier, The Mingrets (10958') and Lendenfeld Saddle.

Malte Brun Range

A composite of the three photographs above
(click to enlarge)

Ball Glacier

Ice Cave - Tasman Glacier

Leibig Range from Ball Hut

Hochstetter Ice Fall

Ball Hut

Hochstetter Icefall

The Footstool

Mt Cook (12,348')

Mt Cook from Hooker Hut

Hooker Valley

Mt Cook from Heritage

Mueller Glacier

Sefton and Footstool

Hooker Hut


Chippy on Tasman Glacier

Mt Cook from Copland Ridge

Banks Range - West Coast

Moorhouse Range

West Coast from Pass

Lake Pukaki from Copland Ridge

Moorhouse Range from Douglass Rock Hut

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