D.A. De Maus (1847-1925)
He became known for his photographs of ships at Port Chalmers. These are prized by maritime institutes. Does anyone have any additional information on the photographer David Alexander De Maus who came to New Zealand in 1867 in the Caribou at the age of 20? He was born in Edinburgh in 1847. Toured the West Coast goldfields with humorous songs and sketches. He arrived in Port Chalmers and started a photography business and became active in the local sports clubs and town council. He served as councillor for Port Chalmers (1877-78, 1884-1888) and was mayor four times 1899-1901, 1903-06, 1909-1910 and 1912-13. He died on 17th July 1925, aged 77.
South Canterbury Museum Photograph Collection
Approx. 12,000 catalogued images. Negative collections from Bremford, Kalksma and Langwood. Approx 30,000 packets. The museum purchased all the negatives from Bremford Studio and in this is packages from Kinghams, unfortunately the negatives only go back to 1969 as before that they were damaged by water.
The Photographers Database is an index to photographers who have worked in New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day.
Bremford, Syd A 276 Stafford Street, Timaru 1941, 1948/9, 1952; Arcade, Timaru 1948/9
Kingham, Henry H - 1920, Timaru, Royal Arcade, Timaru 1925, 1932; 13 Royal Arcade, Timaru 1937, 1939. Kinghams Camera Shop
Langwoods Studio 175a Stafford Street, Timaru 1952
Guess the decade?
Many family historians possess a number of unidentified and undated photographs. There are various means to determine the date a photographs including the type, the photographer, the dress and fashion(s) of the day and the backgrounds and subject posture. The props and items within the photo represent the time period such as vintage cars, household items, clothing, shoes, parasols, aprons, decorative details, children's clothing, hats, jewelry etc. Other clues include: hair length on young men, hem length on young women, general hair styles etc.
In the photo above we know Enid Worthington, the young girl, was born in 1906 and her mother Minnie, with the book, died in 1926. Minnie taught at the Upper Waitohi School. It was a myth that people in isolated, rural communities wore fashions that were some years behind those in the cities. People, especially women, would not be caught dead allowing themselves to be photographed wearing an out-of-date fashion. A visit to your photographer was an event for which you made an appointment and dressed in your best. By comparing your unknown pictures to those known, you can match up clothing and hair fashions, the poses adopted by the subjects, and the background settings in both pictures and estimate the date of your pictures. The date from an event e.g. wedding or the age of a young child, whose age could be estimated can help date a photo.
One of the ways to pin down the date a photograph was is to find out when a photographer was operating in the district. Until the early decades of the twentieth century, casual photographs were not common. Many photos were taken in a studio and will have the photographers imprint in a corner. The location of the photographer is not to be taken too seriously because many photos were copied and reprinted by local photographers. Therefore a photo printed in Dunedin or Melbourne may have been originally taken in England. The reverse is not likely - photos printed in England were almost certainly taken in England.
Taken at Gordon's Valley at Diana Elworthy's wedding.
The South Canterbury section of the Canterbury edition Cyclopedia of New Zealand, published 1903, is jam-packed photographs with the majority of the by:
W. Ferrier aka Ferrier e.g. Stafford St.
Weeks Ltd aka W or H. H.J. Weeks, Limited, Printers and Publishers, Manchester Street, Christchurch. Weeks Printing a company which originally started in Christchurch founded by Horace John weeks. It was then taken over by Fred A Rosewarne and branched out to Auckland, Dunedin and Wanganui.
Then there are a few photographs by:
Ferrier & Rock Oamaru 1880 Ferrier, William Timaru Ross's Royal Arcade 1881-1921 Price, Thomas Edward Timaru 1875-8 [b. in NSW and arriving in NZ in 1863] Pringle & Hartman Timaru Standish & Preece Christchurch High St. 1885-1900 Burford, Arthur Timaru 1900s Princes St. Butterfield, Frederick Temuka 1898 McCaskey, John J. Geraldine 1898 Muir, Frederick Timaru 1902 Wolloughby Bros Havelock Williams Timaru 1921-1936
This list is incomplete but other early photographers in Timaru included:
Mountford 1868 Price and Hartman Reference: Wise's Directory 1872-73 S.P. Syverson 1875-80 Reference: John Lester's book on Ferrier Rudolph Haigh 1878-99 CDV - carte de visite Coxhead Bros. 1876-79 Great North Road, Timaru Reference: Wise's Directory 1878-79 H. Coxhead 1877-78 Frank Arnold Coxhead, a partner with Harry and William in Coxhead Brothers. Coxhead & Sargeant 1878-80 H. Coxhead 1880-82 F.A. Coxhead visited Timaru Sept.- Oct. 1891 P.Cuthbert 1894-97 Adolf Fischer 1887-99 Fischer & Hardy 1887-99 In partnership with Adolf Fischer 1899-1900 Alfred Hardy 1900-09 P. Cuthbert 1894-97 Mahan & Co. 1902-03 (F.B. Muir) Mahan & Muir 1903-1905 Mahan & Co. 1905-07 (Robert H. Mahan) Mahan & Halford 1905-07 (R.W. Halford) R.H. Mahan 1911-1919 J.E. Pigott 1909>1921 John Ernest Piggott, Fairlie 1894/95, Timaru 1909-1915 J. Milne Allan 1909-18
Early photographers in Waimate:
Arthur J. Cox s/o William Cox of Rakaia. Business in Waimate established in 1898, but had 20 years' previous experience.
Frederick Smith operating at Dunedin, Waimate & Oamaru around 1870 - 1878.
C. E. Clarke
T.E. Price, Photographer, Timaru
The Waimate Daily Advertiser 12 December 1899 carried the following advertisement:
The Best Christmas Card you could send your friends is your own
PHOTOGRAPH on one of Ferrier's Christmas Card mounts.
Price from 5s per doz. Mails closing October and November reach England in time for Christmas
Studio: 125 Stafford Street, Timaru
The Timaru Herald 17 May 1881 carried the following advertisement:
W. Ferrier Portrait Rooms will be OPENED in a few days
Only first-class Photographs will be produced
South Road, Timaru, opposite the Theatre.
[The South Rd was later renamed Stafford St]
The Timaru Herald 2 July 1921
"On Friday 8th inst., Morton and Pearson submit to auction the old established photography business of Mr. W. Ferrier. The position is unequalled and the failing health of the Proprietor is the sole reason for selling. The business will be sold as a going concern, and full particulars can be obtained from the auctioneers."
Frank Arnold Coxhead b. 1851 and his stepbrother Harry, born in 1846 came to NZ with their parents in 1858. Harry was a photographer by 1868, and working in Timaru in 1872 where he had a branch studio. Frank was qualified by 1872. Coxhead Bros. had a branch at Invercargill in 1875. Harry died in Timaru c. 1885. Frank continued with a studio in Dunedin until 1890. I really like his photo of Port Chalmers at Timeframes. Edward was at Te Ahuahu 1898-1899. Reference: Hardwicke Knights book.
The Timaru Herald May 21 1895
COXHEAD - On the 3rd May, at his residence, Bank street, Harry, second son of the late Frederick Coxhead, of Dunedin, aged 38 years.
Salvation Army ladies. Photo by Cox, Waimate.
Arthur J. Cox, business in Waimate established in 1898 Waimate. Studio 1898-1903, 1911/12, 1915, 1925, 1932.
Judgments made on the process alone can be misleading. Watch out for second generation prints, i.e. photos of photos.
Daguerreotype, used from 1839 to about 1860, was produced on a metal support of thin copper, with a highly polished mirror-like coating of silver. They are sealed in glass to protect the plate from atmospheric and physical damage. example
Ambrotypes (1854 until the mid-1860s) Produced from an underexposed glass negative which was then covered with a backing of black velvet or shellac. A positive effect was then created. Known in Britain as collodion positives. Pictures are normally clear and sharp and when moved under light they can be seen to revert to their negative effect. These photos are often framed or cased.
Tintypes (1856 to about 1900). Where cheap, popular, produced on a very thin sheet of iron and the images are reversed and are often of poorer quality and frequently small. Often taken by the travelling photographer.
Modern techniques involving negatives including glass plate negatives.
Who is in the photograph? Who took it?
What was happening? Is there more to the story than is shown in the photo?
Where was the photo taken? Was it in a special or unusual place?
When was the photo taken? Year, day, season, occasion?
Why was this moment special?
If you are going to throw something out - historic records, photos, anything, please throw it to the museum or to a historical society member first and let them decide its fate. Recently some photo album pages containing shots of early Timaru were handed in to the South Canterbury museum, but the rest of the album which contained photos the owner couldn't identify were thrown out.
Colour photos are not as stable as b/w while because the metallic silver used for black and whites is much more chemically stable than the synthetic dyes in colour shots. Take greater care with colour prints and negatives. Keep them cool, dry, and most important in a constant climate both in terms of temperature and relative humidity. Fluctuations in temperature mean photos either dry out or become moister and contaminates are taken up by the photos, generating chemical change and affecting the dyes. Need to be physically protected � fingerprint free and flat. An old chocolate box is better than one an album with sticky pages overlaid with cling plastic because the latex adhesive on the backing page stains black and white photos and fades colour dyes. Get an album with acid free pages. If plastic, make sure it�s polypropylene, polyethylene or polyester. Ask the retailer if unsure (there is an International Standards test for photo albums).
Visit www.natlib.govt.nz for more advice on the effective domestic storage of photos, books, paintings and sound recordings. National Preservation Office email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan old photos to CDs and make one each for your children. Kept track of the arrangement in the original albums - its quite often a very important clue as to who the persons in the photo's as they are likely to be grouped together because they were taken same, place and time - or perhaps grouped by family. In old family photo albums by reading the photographers details and location from the back of them and taking note which ones are grouped together on a page can enabled you to identify family members or at least eliminate them down to a couple of likely names. Consider scrap booking on acid free and also lignin free to prevent yellowing and fading as many papers do.
The original use to hang in the Burkes Pass Hotel. 1940.
William FERRIER - (1855-1922) photos
William, a native of Edinburgh, arrived at Port Chalmers 9 September 1869 on the William Davie with his father, David Ferrier, and sister Jessie Lowe Ferrier. Rev. William Lowe's daughter Jessie Lowe was married to David Ferrier in Forfar, Scotland in 1852 by Rev. Lowe, her father. Jessie died in 1866 at 39 yrs. William Ferrier, photographer and landscape watercolourist was a cousin of the singer Kathleen Ferrier and Colin McCahon's maternal grandfather. 1903 & possible 1916 work.
William Ferrier worked under John Gaul of Christchurch. He established his business in Fife's Buildings, Timaru in May 1881, but later moved to larger premises in the Royal Arcade, and again to Stafford Street by 1903. William and Eva Beatrice, had eight children. Ethel Beatrice, Colin, Hedley, John L., Eileen Low 'Pearl', Jack, Ed, Catherine 'Kitty'. Colin Ferrier was killed in Ypres 11 Nov. 1914. He was a photographer and water colourists. Possible work. Mt. Cook.
Ferrier, Gilbert Colin Cunninghame
Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers, 7th Bn. attd. 4th Bn.
Age: 24 Date of Death: 11/11/1914
S/o William and Eva Beatrice Ferrier, of 71 Grey Rd., Timaru.
Evening Post, 10 April 1915, Page 6
Lieutenant Colin Ferrier, eldest son of Mr. William Ferrier, Timaru, whose death on the field of battle was reported last week, was a particularly bright and promising young man (says the Timaru Herald). The deceased was born on 26th April, 1889. He was educated at the Waimataitai School, and later at the Timaru High School. On leaving the High School he was apprenticed to the building trade, at which he served five years. In 1913-14 he went with Captain Head on exploration work in the Mount Cook district and the Dart Valley � a class of work of which he was very fond. A keen volunteer, he rose to the rank of lieutenant in the local Territorials and was always a popular officer. Deciding to take up architecture as a profession, he left Timaru in April last for London, to study there. But immediately the war broke out he enlisted with 'the Sixth Fusiliers, and after spending a few weeks in the Falmouth camp, was drafted to the front.
FERRIER - CUNNINGHAM. On the 17th inst., at Wesley Church, Oamaru, by the Rev. J.S. Rishworth, William Ferrier, of Timaru, to Eva Beatrice, third daughter of Mr T.M. Cunningham, of Oamaru.
Timaru Herald Monday 17 May 1887 Birth
FERRIER - At Sarah Street, Timaru, on the 15th inst., the wife of W. Ferrier of a daughter.
Tuesday 22 December 1891 Birth
FERRIER - On the 20th Dec., at North Street, the wife of W. Ferrier, of a son.
Timaru Cemetery - Headstone
Age at Death 80
Born at Edinburgh 26 July 1821
Died 23rd June 1902.
FERRIER, William headstone gone
Age at Death 68 Years
Date of Interment 18/10/1922
Ferrier, captured images of life in town from the late 19th Century up to the 1920s.
Colin McCahon was born 1 August 1919 in Timaru, the son Ethel Beatrice Ferrier and John McCahon (s/o James McCahon), a commercial traveller and grandson of William Ferrier the Timaru photographer and landscape painter. Colin McCahon was named after his Uncle. Colin attended Waitaki Boys High School. He took art classes at age 17. In their Highgate home hung landscapes by Colin McCahon�s late grandfather, William Ferrier. Colin wrote: "My grandfather, William Ferrier, was both a photographer and a landscape painter in water colour. We grew up with his paintings on the walls, and at holiday times visiting my Grandmother's house in Timaru. We lived in rooms hung floor to ceiling with watercolours and prints. Once I spent time confined to a bed in what had been my Grandfather's dark room; red glass in the window, and paints and brushes, a palette, with shallow drawers. I don't remembering doing any painting at this time myself. I was probably intimidated by the obvious professionalism of the environment." Colin died in 1987, a world renown contemporary painter. He employed writing in his paintings from 1947. Studied at the Dunedin Art School. Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1966. Timaru landscape other paintings
EARLY POSTCARDS DONATED TO MUSEUM
13 June 1997 Timaru Herald
A unique piece of Timaru history has been discovered.
Former Historic Places Trust regional officer Lois Galer, of Ophir, was sorting through family records recently when she found an album of William Ferrier postcards, which she has since donated to the South Canterbury Museum. Ferrier was a photographer in Timaru in the early 1900s who took a large number of photographs of the city and the surrounding areas. Mrs Galer said she was "very pleased to be able to pass on such a valuable piece of history to the city of Timaru". "There are not many photographers that are of Ferrier's calibre and these postcards are certainly a unique record of our city's history." South Canterbury museum director Philip Howe said the album was a wonderful resource to help capture the history of Timaru. "Some of the images in the album we already have, but a lot are new to us too. They're really an artefact in their own right." The images would undergo a protection and preservation process to ensure they remained in the extremely good condition they were in now, he said.
Mahan, Oamaru - Robert Mahan, proprietor
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland
Provincial Districts] 1905
Councillor Robert Mahan, of the Oamaru Borough Council, a photographer, and is senior partner of the firm of Mahan and Muir.
Major Robert Mahan, who is on the staff of No. 3 Battalion, Otago Rifles, has had a long experience as a volunteer. He served five years in the Timaru Artillery Cadets, and joined the Oamaru Rifles as a private in 1882, on his arrival in the district. Shortly afterwards he gained the rank of sergeant. At the time of the Russian scare Mr. Mahan transferred to the Naval Artillery, and was soon afterwards elected sublieutenant. Two years later he became lieutenant-commanding, and afterwards had charge of the corps. He is a son of Mr. A. Mahan, schoolmaster, Geraldine, and was born in 1862, in County Longford, Ireland. After completing his elementary education he learned the business of a photographer, and has been well-known in Oamaru since 1886.
Mahan and Muir (Robert Mahan and Frederick Bailey Muir), Photographers, Thames Street, Oamaru. There is a branch at Timaru, where Mr. Muir, who joined the firm in 1903, is in charge, Mr. Mahan, who founded the business, still has the active management in Oamaru, where he established himself a good many years ago.
Archibald Mahan, aged 38, born in 1834 at Carrigallen, County Leitrim, a schoolmaster, arrived 1 Nov. 1874 on the Duke of Edinburgh. The family was Colonial nominated for Timaru. They ended up having fourteen children, eight sons and six daughters. Mr. Mahan retired from the teaching profession in 1899 and started farming on the Rangitata, where he remained until his death in April, 1901. One branch of the family but changed the spelling to Mahon. His father was Arthur Mahan. Arthur's son and daughter Archibald and Isobella also emigrated to New Zealand.
Mary Jane 34 married in County Longford Robert 13 he was transferred to single mens accommodation Margaret A. 12 Trans. to s/w Jane 10 married Alexander McClelland in Dec. 1890 Arthur 9 William Ludlow 7 drowned Saltwater Creek in Feb. 1883 Sarah J. 6 Ellen A 5 John T. 3 Charles J. 1
Five more children were born in New Zealand - Ann Maria, Theresa, Archibald
Benjamin, Adam George and Richard.
Annie youngest daughter of Mr. Archibald Mahan, schoolmaster, of Geraldine Flat, married Alexander Shaw in Sept. 1896.
In business in Timaru
Mahan & Co. 1902-03 (F.B. Muir) Mahan & Muir 1903-1905 Mahan & Co. 1905-07 (Robert H. Mahan) Mahan & Halford 1905-07 (R.W. Halford) R.H. Mahan 1911-1919
Another Mahan photo
Edward Percy Sealy
Poverty Bay Herald, 31 October 1903, Page 1
Timaru, last night. E. P. Sealey, a Canterbury pioneer, died this evening, aged 64. He was a surveyor under the Provincial Government in the early days, and had a penchant for natural history and alpine exploration. He was the first man to visit Mount Cook, and ascended Hochstetter Dome and Hooker Glacier with a 60 1b camera, etc., and obtained the first photographs of that region. He was one of the founders and continuous directors of the Farmers' Cooperative Association till a few months ago.
Otago Witness 21 January 1903, Page 54
Some Canterbury Rivers. Fishing in the Opihi. Mr E. P. Sealey had the pleasure of landing a 101b fish.
New Zealand Photographers : a selection / Hardwicke Knight, Dunedin, NZ : Allied Press, 1981.
Photography in New Zealand: A Social & Technical History Hardwicke Knight. Dunedin: John McIndoe, 1971
Auckland Through A Victorian Lens. William Main. Published in Wellington by Millwood Press. 1977 1st Edition. Lists photographers who operated in Auckland. A nostalgic record of the humble beginnings and development of Auckland from 1850 to 1914. Contains a wealth of wonderful archival images. Hb with dj. 22 x 28.5 cm. 177 pages. Illustrated in black & white and some colour.
Wellington Through A Victorian Lens. William Main. Millwood Press, Wellington, 1972 (Reprinted 1980) 108pp (258 x 208 mm) Profusely illustrated from old photographs. Index.
New Zealand Photography from the 1840s to the Present. William Main & John B. Turner. PhotoForum, Auckland, 1993
Wellington Album, William Main' August 1998. It highlights the activities of 50 photographers who captured the changing face of Wellington over the last 140 years. Wellington Album, Grantham House
William Ferrier Photographer / John Lester. Publisher : Aigantighe Art Gallery with assistance from Timaru Harbour Board; Bank of New Zealand, Timaru, NZ 1986 60 p. : ill., Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, NZ. Includes index. Bibliography: p. 59. The book is very detail about his life. Born 20 Aug 1855 Forfar Scotland. Died 16 Oct 1922 76 Grey Road Timaru. Including living in Oamaru before moving to Timaru and was partner with J.W. Rock. There is an appendix which lists Timaru photographers 1868-1921
H. L. Betts Gold Medal Series. Photos By W. Ferrier, Timaru Picturesque Timaru Illustrated: 53 Views and Panorama 20 pages
Dating Old Photographs. Robert Pols (2nd ed)
Face Cards.� Photographic portraits.
Photographers are comical fellows, making faces for a living.
Label your old school photos today!
Otago Witness, 11
January 1873, Page 20
A Sentimental Young Lady on Bonnets.
Oh the bonnets of my girlhood
the kind I wore at school !
I really thought them pretty
I must have been a fool.
And yet I used to think myself on hats a jaunty miss ;
perhaps I was as fashion went
but what was that to this ?
Oh the lovely little pancake
the charming little mat !
it makes my head so level,
and so very, very flat.