born about 1842 in England
died in 1905
In July 1871 Robert Clifford of Fleet Street, a member of the Loyal Alexandra Lodge of the Ancient Independent Order of Oddfellows, presented the Lodge with a frame containing photographs of the retiring officers.
(Otago Witness, Issue 1025, 22 July 1871, Page 3)
R. Clifford & Co. opened a branch in Thames Street, Oamaru on 14 November 1883. It was announced in the North Otago Times that they would occupy the studio formerly operated by Messrs. Ferrier and Rock.
(North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3486, 8 November 1883, Page 2).
The partnership between William Ferrier and Rock had ended on 2 March 1881.(North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 2757, 21 April 1881, Page 3)
In November 1883 the Oamaru Borough Council declined Clifford's application to erect a two-sided sign-board over his shop in Thames Street.
(North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3490, 23 November 1883, Page 2)The following year the Oamaru studio completed a photograph which included portraits of the officiers of the post and telegraph offices:
We have to thank the Officers of the Oamaru post and telegraph offices for a clearly taken well finished photograph, containing miniature portraits of themselves. The card is prettily embellished with elegant devices in flowers and ferns, and the likenesses are remarkably true to the originals, that of the postmaster, Mr Hutton, very properly occupying the place of honor. Views of the breakwater and of the old post-office, and of the new one now nearly finished, are given in the card, which is therefore a photographic work of interest to more than those who happen to be personally depicted upon it. The artists are Messrs Clifford.
(North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3639, 2 May 1884, Page 2)
His wife Jane Clifford died at her home in Fernhill Street, Dunedin in 1888 aged 38 years and his son Spencer Clifford died in 1891 aged 8 years at Dunedin Hospital. Robert Clifford died in Dunedin Hospital on 16 December 1905 in his 63rd year. He was buried in the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin (block 21 plot 9). A daughter Kate Constance Clifford died in 1907 aged 19 years.
When photographing his clients they always seem to either face directly ahead or to the right.
Dunedin City Council - Cemeteries Database.
Otago Witness, Issue 1081, 17 August 1872, Page 13