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Frederick George RadcliffeF.G.R. - Frederick George Radcliffe (1863-1923) Farmer, photographer from Onerahi, Whangarei. Arrived in New Zealand in the early 1890s without any prior photography experience. He tried farming but gave up farming to become a photographer. For twenty years from the early1900s he took trips throughout the country to photograph rural and urban New Zealand for his postcard business each on quarter plate glass negatives, nearly 8,000. A member of his family neatly printed the name of the picture, N.Z., initials 'F.G.R.' and consecutive number and the postcards were sent to retailers nation wide. A rare monument for F.G.R. - taking time out on the veranda enjoying morning tea. Thanks to him we have these wonderful moments captured on film. The postcards show the more than one visit to the Mt Cook region, winter and summer, his transportation, the old Hermitage and the retreating glaciers. His postcards are often found for sale on:
Search FGR or Trade-Me . If you have a number I am missing please let me know the description of the scene. What is the number for the Traffic Bridge, Tekapo postcard? Thanks.

 Postcards The Auckland Cities Libraries holds a collection of some 2000 glass plate negatives. The Auckland Library collection was acquired by the Library before 1975. A good collection.

South Canterbury Scenes - conclusion 175 F.G.R. postcards with South Canterbury scenes  including 13 depicting Fairlie.
F.G.R Caption Description

 Images

Located
63 Wharves Timaru with North Express Caroline Bay   Hocken
1250 Railway Station, Timaru, N.Z. an early photo with horses, cabs and drays. ex Jackson Collection
1251 Post Office, Timaru NZ St Mary's in the background

Post Office, Timaru

  
1252 Post Office, Timaru NZ St Mary's in the background   Industria Series
Stafford St. Timaru Looking down the unpaved street    c. 1915
1254 Caroline Bay Top of the Bay. Rustic steps.

Mailed in 6th Nov. 1910.
1255 Stafford St. Looking north.
1256 Caroline Bay      
1257 Timaru Public Library Effie wrote on the back. This library was given by Carnegie. It cost 3 thousand pounds. The place with the X on is the gasworks.

Mailed about 1909
1258 Caroline Bay, Timaru N.Z.      
1260 Chalmers Presbyterian Church Timaru N.Z.     Industria Series
1261 &1262 Timaru Stafford Street      
1263 St. Mary's Timaru     Fergusson
3521 Mt Sefton showing avalanche near Mueller Hut. Published by The George Davies Tourist Depot, Queenstown    
5365 Panorama from Malte Brun Hut     large image
5371 Ice Cave, Hockstatter Glacier Three adults at entrance    
5372 Caroline Bay Timaru      
5462 Mt Cook and Hooker Valley, Southern Alps      
5463 Hooker River & Stocking Glacier Swing Bridge    1917
5468 Terminal face Mueller Glacier Mt. Sefton     Frank Duncan
5469 Mount Sefton and The Footstool, Southern Alps       ca 1916
5470 Mt Sefton and the Footstool from the Hooker River   Frank Duncan
5471 Mt Sefton      
5472 Lake Pukaki Vintage car on road to Mt Cook and boulder near lake.

Lake Pukaki - On the Road to Mt Cook.

Sepia real photo post card
5474 Hooker River and Stocking Glacier Swing bridge    circa 1915
5475
In the Domain
 Fairlie      
5476 Public School Fairlie    ATL
5477 Presbyterian Church, Fairlie St. Columba
black and white photo

Presbyterian Church, Fairlie.  FGR  5477

ATL
5482 Fairlie Library 1916    
5483 Main Street, Fairlie The Gladstone Grand Hotel 1918. Main Street before it was sealed.     Duncan
5484 Main Street, Fairlie Street before it was sealed.    
5485 Main Street, Fairlie Main Street, Fairlie. The Fairlie goods shed left background.

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ATL and this site
5486 Fairlie Main Street. Railway track visible.    ATL
5487 Gladstone Grand Hotel and Railway Station Fairlie Main St. looking south    ATL
5488 Anglican Church, Fairlie St. Stephens Church

Anglican Church, Fairlie

ATL
5489 & 5491 & 5492 In the Domain Fairlie      
5492 Mt Sefton from Black Birch Track   
5493 Mt Cook from Black Birch Track N.Z.      
5494 The Hermitage      
5495 The Hermitage Mt Sebastopol in the background.  Summer.    
5496 The Hermitage in sepia
5497 The Kea at Mt. Cook      
5498  The Hermitage, Mt Cook One auto.    
5499 The Hermitage, Mt Cook      
5501 The Hermitage Beautiful. Two autos.

The Hermitage, Mt Cook

1916
5503 The Hermitage         

5504
Dining room at The Hermitage hotel,  Mount Cook    1916
5505 Mt Cook Lily (Ranunculus Lyallii)    
5507 Malte Brun Hut      
5508 Liebig Range from Ball Hut NZ
5509 Red Lake on Mt Sebastopol N.Z.     Frank Duncan
5510 Mt Cook & Hooker River  1923
5511 Ice Cave on Tasman Glacier        
5512 Mt Malte Brun  10,421ft from Tasman Glacier      
5513 Second Swing Bridge Hooker River

Second Bridge, Hooker River

  
5514 Mt. Cook from near the Hermitage  Cattle grazing     Real photo card by Frank Duncan and Co.  
5515 Mt Cook from The Sealy Range mountain tarn      
5516 Mt Sefton showing avalanche near Mueller Hut     Real photo card by Frank Duncan and Co.  
5517 Mt Cook from Red Lake on Mt Sebastopol mountain tarn      
5518 Mt Cook and the Hooker River
5519 Skiing at Mueller Hut N.Z.
5520 Foot of Tasman Glacier from above Ball Hut
5521 Mt Sefton showing avalanche near Mueller Hut. Published by The George Davies Tourist Depot, Queenstown
5522 Mt Sefton and First Bridge Hooker River    
5523 Hochstetter Ice Falls
5524* Tasman Glacier from above Ball Hut     Real photo card by Frank Duncan and Co.  
5525 Hermitage in winter with Mt Sebastopol in the bg.
5526 East End of Hermitage and Mt Sefton, NZ      
5527 The Hermitage Mt Cook Snow on the ground
5528 Mueller hut and Mount Sealy       ca 1916  Timeframes
5529 Mt Cook from the Sealy Range Chief Guide Graham on skis at Mt Cook       
5530 The Hermitage Mt. Cook 1917   

The Hermitage

  large image
5531 Mount Cook (12,349ft) from Malte Burn Hut Photographer FG Radcliffe   Real photo postcard by Frank Duncan & Co
5532 Above Malte Brun Hut Tasman Glacier A women and a man in foreground    
5533 On Mt. Cook Road Vintage car with Lake Pukaki in background. Beautiful. Probably Radcliffe's automobile. The original shingle road to Mt Cook went under water when the level of Lake Pukaki was raised.

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Sepia real photo post card similar day as 5548
5534 The Minarets from above Malte Hut  The couple are Peter Graham and his wife, chief guides for the Tourist Dept. 1917      
5535* Hermitage and Mt Sebastopol, N.Z.      
5536 Head of Tasman Glacier from Malte Brun Hut  

Head of Tasman Glacier from Malte Brun Hut

1918/  Jaunt card
5537 Mt Cook from Sealy Range tarn    
5538 Head of Mueller Glacier   
5539 Mueller Hut and Mt Sefton, NZ with sled in foreground  see CanterburyPhotography   
5540 Mt Cook from Hooker River      
5541 Mt. Sefton from Hooker Hut   (?from Mueller Hut)      
5542 Ball Hut, Tasman Glacier     Real photo postcard by Frank Duncan & Co
5543 Red Lake on Mt Sebastopol       1917
5544 Red Lake on Mt Sebastopol      
5545 Mt. Cook  & Tasman Glacier from Malte Burn Hut    
5546 Mt. Cook from Pink Lake on Mt. Sebastopol N.Z    
5547 Mt Cook from Red Lake on Mt Sebastopol      
5548 L. Pukaki from Mt Cook Road Sepia real photo post card

Lake Pukaki from Mt Cook Road

Very similar to 5551 /Duncan
5549 Pukaki from Mt Cook Road         
5550 Mt Cook from Pukaki Road  taken from the Pukaki Road  reflection      
5551 Lake Pukaki showing Mt Cook 40 miles away Very similar to 5548  
5552 Mt de la Beche and the Miinarets from above Malte Brun Hut N.Z    
5553 Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru. ca 1916   Timeframes
5554 Timaru Railway Station
 
Trains alongside. A sign reads: Evans' "Atlas" roller milling. Trains from left: A[6?] Class 4-6-2 (built from 1915); Vb Class 4-6-0; then carriages on Fairlie dock line. Overbridge completed, May 1908, and station building centre-right opened May 1883.   Timeframes
1915-1916
5555 Caroline Bay, Timaru Shows cliff top houses and bandstand, with bay in background   Real Photo
5556 Post Office. Timaru View of Timaru Post Office, cnr George Street and Sophia St. Showing behind, St Mary's Church and Chalmers Church (with spire). To the right is the premises of G Underwood - jeweller. Auckland City Libraries  image c.1916
large image

Hocken
5557 Caroline Bay, Timaru Looking south along Caroline Bay, Timaru, towards Marine Parade. A swing set and four see saws are on the beach.

c.1916
5558 Burns Statue, The Gardens, Timaru, NZ           
5559             
5560 Timaru Hospital A couple of large cabbage trees out in front by a water fountain with old wards one and two on ground floor in background.

5560timaruhosp.jpg (25371 bytes)

pre 1924
5561 The Hospital Timaru Very similar shot    
5562 Caroline Bay The path up to the top of the Bay Hill from the beach
5563 Caroline Bay, Timaru Looking south along Caroline Bay. Showing  the Dominion Hotel (John Reilly, proprietor), to the right of this is the gabled Hydro Grand Hotel; Lollie and fruit stall; cannon; telephone booth; and band rotunda with clock.

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c.1916
5564 Caroline Bay, Timaru Looking along Caroline Bay from the Pavilion towards the Tea House, with Lollie and Fruit stall to the left. Along hill top (l to r) Dominion Hotel ; Hydro Grand Hotel; Seaview House. Below the Hydro Grand is the structure of the Piazza, with telephone booth below and to the right of this   image c.1916
5565 Caroline Bay, Timaru Steam train heading out of Timaru with the Hydro Grand Hotel at street level up on the cliff 5565carolinebay.jpg (26943 bytes)
5566 The Hydro Grand Hotel. Timaru The Hydro Grand Hotel, overlooking Caroline Bay, with Seaview House to the right of it. The Hydro Grand Hotel, Timaru 1926 
5567 Dominion Hotel Timaru      
5568 Timaru from Marine Parade Looking along the waterfront of Timaru from Marine Parade. On skyline, left to right - Post Office clock tower; Lighthouse; St Mary's Church tower; Chalmers Church spire. Steam and sail ship are berthed in the port. image c.1916
5569 Stafford Street. Timaru Looking along Stafford Street. Showing (on left) New Zealand Insurance Company; Bank of Australasia; Imrie and Higgins Ltd - land agents; Brehaut Brothers - cycle specialists. On the right is Hannahs Shoe Shop; Adams Ltd - motor garage. A bus carries an advertisement for J T Collins - fruiterer. 5569staffordst.jpg (24301 bytes) c.1916
Auckland City Libraries
5570 The Gardens, Timaru Pond, bridge and water lilies   Frank Duncan & Co
5571 Stafford Street. Timaru On right: Alliance Assurance Co. with the bus outside advertising J T Collins - fruiterer (the buses destination is North Street); Ken Mayo - jeweller; Grant and Seaton - butchers; Brehaut Brothers - cycle specialists. On the left is a bus destined for Highfield with an advertisement for Imrie and Higgins Ltd - land agents; Hannahs Shoe Shop; Priest and Holdgate - ironmongers 5571staffordst.jpg (18339 bytes) Auckland City Libraries
5572 Caroline Bay - steam train heading north Caroline Bay, Timaru c.1916
5573 In the Gardens, Timaru Looking across lake in the Timaru Botanical Gardens, showing band rotunda. White swans and ducks in foreground.    
5574 Caroline Bay, Timaru. Looking north along Caroline Bay. Showing The Pavilion. Over the roof of the Pavilion is the Midland Dairy Company's Palm Butter factory and to its left is Evans Street, with tennis courts beside. A train stretches across the picture from the left.  image c. 1916
Hocken
5575 In the Gardens, Timaru Rose garden and band rotunda   image c. 1916
5576 In the Gardens, Timaru Looking across pond in the Timaru Botanical Gardens, showing band rotunda Auckland City Libraries image c.1916
5577 Stafford Street. Timaru Showing (on right) Tate's Building, including the Timaru Fish and Oyster Mart; Berti's Hotel; A C Martin - accountant; Yorkshire Insurance Company; S K Martin and Company - land commission agents; Cumie, Coates and Company - patent attorneys; Hays? Buildings; North British and Merchantile Insurance; Dephoff and Lewis - painters; NZ Govt. Life and Accident Insurance; H Edginton - nurseryman; H A Glenie - motor and livery stables; Adams Ltd - motor garage. On the left is Burns Steam Laundry. The bus in centre of picture has a destination sign for Waimataitai.   c. 1916
Auckland City Libraries
5578 Burn's statue The Gardens, Timaru    
5579 In the Gardens. Timaru Looking across path and river in Timaru Botanical Gardens Auckland City Libraries c.1916
5580  Stafford Street Timaru Adams Ltd. Looking south towards the intersection of Stafford St. with Church / Strathallan St.  Timeframes 1915-1916
5581 Stafford Street. Timaru Looking down Stafford Street. Showing (at left) Ballantyne's store at the corner of Stafford and Canon Streets; A Washer and Company - auctioneers. On the left is H A Glenie - motor and livery stables; Adams Ltd - motor garage.   image c.1916
Auckland City Libraries
5582 Stafford Street. Timaru Stafford St, Timaru with vintage cars and double-decker bus.
5583 Stafford Street. Timaru Looking along Stafford Street. On right: Marriott Drapery; dining and supper rooms; dentist; chemist. A double decker bus travelling up the centre of the street.  Auckland City Libraries c.1916
Auckland City Libraries
5584 Stafford Street, Timaru Between Cannon St. and Church St. On right: Milner and Thompson Ltd -pianos (with sign for Collard and Collard pianos); James Moyes - tailor; chemist; George Whitehouse - hairdresser and tobacconist; Woods cycle depot; Cowans - clothier. On the left is the Dainty Tea Rooms. image c.1916
Auckland City Libraries
 
5585 Stafford Street, Timaru On right Alliance Assurance Co. with the bus outside advertising J T Collins - fruiterer (the buses destination is North Street); Ken Mayo - jeweller. On left is a bus destined for Highfield with an advertisement for Imrie and Higgins Ltd - land agents; Hannahs Shoe Shop; Priest and Holdgate - ironmongers.   c.1916
5672* Mount Sefton, The Footstool and the Hooker River, Southern Alps         1915
5748 Mt. Hardinger (10,178ft. ) from Tasman Glacier       
5749 Mt Hardinger (10,178ft. ) from Tasman Glacier          
5750 Mt Tasman and Hochstetter Icefall      
5751 On the Tasman Moraine      
5753 Mt Sefton from Sealy Range           
5779 On Tasman Glacier with two people in foreground

 
5779 On the Tasman Glacier no one in foreground

 
5785 Lunch on Tasman Glacier      
5784 & 5785 Lunch on the Tasman Glacier      
5787 Mt Cook and Hooker Valley
 
snow on the ground.   published by Frank Duncan and Co.
5788 & 5789 Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from above Malte Burn Hut    
5790 Mt. Sefton and Mueller Glacier      
5844 Head of Mueller Glacier Climber admiring the view    
5845 Ice Seracs Hochstter Ice Fall     the initials F.G.R. missing on front
5846 Mt Cook from Mt. Kitchener     the initials F.G.R. missing on front
5847 Mueller Hut     the initials F.G.R. missing on front
6736 Waimate Gorge
6737 Waimate Gorge Car    
6739 & 6740 Waimate Gorge      
6741 Waimate Gorge Vintage car, sheep on the hill & cabbage tree

Waimate Gorge

  
6742 Waimate Railway Station      
6743 Waimate Main St. W.E. Evans, Mercer shop   real photo postcard
6744 Waimate Street scene with vintage cars    Frank Duncan
6745 Waimate     Frank Duncan
6746 & 6747 Waimate Main Street unsealed.    
6748 Waimate Post Office     photo
6749 Trooper's Memorial Waimate      
6751 The Hospital. Waimate Waimate Hospital    
6752 The Hospital. Waimate Waimate Hospital    
6753* St Patrick's Catholic Church, Waimate      1919
6754 Band Rotunda Waimate       
6755 Roman Catholic Church Waimate      
6756 St. Augustine Church, Waimate with two vintage cars out in front

St Augustines Church, Waimate

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6757 & 6759 Waimate      
6804 & 6805 & 6806 On Hermitage - Queenstown Rd    Auckland City Libraries   image 1910s   
6809 Lindis Pass - Hermitage Queenstown Rd one hut   1910s   
6810 Lindis bridge Auckland City Libraries image  

 
Hooker Hut, Mount Cook Hooker Hut, Mount Cook, and an unidentified group Tourist series between 1908 and 1911
  Chambers Church   image  
  Victoria House, Geraldine. 1.   image  
  Garden Entrance. Geraldine. 2. c. 1912 image Hocken
  Church of England corner. Geraldine. 3. image Hocken
  Geraldine from the Hill. 4.   image  
  Simon's Pass 1910 ATL  
  Traffic Bridge, Tekapo      

* card numbers that need to be double checked.
No. 5779 is used on two different postcards. On the Tasman Glacier with and without people.

NZ Postcard Society Postcards of FGR 4955 cards as 2013 introduction magizine
A Numerical Listing of Postcards by Frederick George Radcliffe
compiled by members of the NZ Postcard Society Inc. and published by the Society 2008.

For a biographical sketch of the life and times of Frederick George Radcliffe see the February 2008 issue of the Postcard Pillar.   
Radcliffe's Stereoscopic Picture Postcards by Bill Main Issue 59 Postcard Pillar
Fredrick George Radcliffe by J. McLintock Issue 14 Postcard Pillar May 1994.

Auckland Star, 18 January 1923, Page 8 MR. F. G. RADCLIFFE
The interment took place yesterday at Onerahi, near Whangarei, of Mr. F. G. Radcliffe, who had attained the age of 59 years. Deceased has been in business at Whangarei for some time, but was well-known in Auckland. He arrived here from Liverpool, England, over 30 year sago, having come to New Zealand "for health reasons." He was a member of the Y.M.C.A., Savage Club, Orchestral Society, and the Whangarei Bowling Club. In his younger days Mr. Radcliffe was a settler at Paparoa. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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