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The Stereograph

Otago Witness, Issue 2671, 24 May 1905, Page 15

WILTSHIRE, Ernest Edward

Ernest Edward Wiltshire
Vice President, Christchurch Photographic Society in 1944 (1)
born 31 May 1884 Tillington, West Sussex, England (2)
son of Annie and Thomas Wiltshire (coachman)
reg. June 1884 Midhurst vol. 2b page 428
arrived New Zealand 1911
died 19 August 1946 New Zealand aged 62 years (3)
 reg. 1946/34236
buried Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, block 8 plot 486 (4)

 married 29 June 1911, London (2)
 reg. Jun 1911 Hackney vol. 1b page 1010   
Eva Grahame Higgs
 born circa 1882
daughter of Frederic Higgs and Annie Barbara Higgs (nee Bell, later Lee)
 reg. Jun 1882 Newbury vol. 2c page 240
arrived New Zealand 1911 (4)
died 14 May 1969, reg. 1969/44496
buried Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, block 8 plot 486 (4)

In 1917 he worked at Peterson's Ltd in Christchurch as a jeweller's salesman; he lived at 46 Slater Street, Richmond (2).

E. E. Wiltshire was an ardent colour enthusiast in the days of Dufaycolor, and a meticulous monochrome print maker. He is commemorated by the Wiltshire Cup, the much sought-after trophy for a major interclub colour competition (5). This cup is now awarded to the Photographic Society of NZ club submitting the best selection of eight digital images, on any subject (6).

Petersens old-established jewellery business, 66 years in existence, and an important part of the City's business life, has now been reorganised, the two principals taking an active part in the business: Mr J. A. Robb, the wellknown Christchurch jeweler, who recently returned from an extended trip to England, and Mr E. E. Wiltshire, 14 years associated with Petersens, latterly as manager.
Press, Volume LXV, Issue 19611, 6 May 1929, Page 10

 The grave at Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch of Ernest Edward Wiltshire and his wife Eva Grahame Wiltshire nee Higgs. This is also the grave of Annie Barbara Bell, the mother of Eva Grahame Wiltshire who died 5 July 1936 age 77 years. Following the death of her first husband Frederic Higgs she married in 1893 to George Lee. Annie arrived in New Zealand in 1911 (4) so she probably arrived with Ernest and Eva Wiltshire.
photographed 11 April 2015 AGR

Obituary - Mr E. E. Wiltshire
Mr Ernest Edward Wiltshire, who died suddenly at his home yesterday, was born in Kent (8), England, 62 years ago and came to New Zealand in 1911. More than 30 years ago he joined the firm of Petersens Ltd, jewellers, as a salesman. Later he became assistant manager, then manager, and in 1929 he was appointed a director of the firm. In 1930 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace. He had presided at a number of sittings at the Magistrate's Court.

Keenly interested in horticulture, Mr Wiltshire was for more than 30 years a member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society. For several years he served on the committee of the society, and he was also a life member and vice-president. Mr Wiltshire specialised in showing gladioli and won several awards at Dominion shows, in addition to many prizes at Canterbury shows. He also exhibited in other classes at Christchurch shows. During recent years Mr Wiltshire experimented with a number of varieties of plants and had been successful in grafting a new type of apple which he intended to exhibit at shows during the coming year. Mr Wiltshire also judged in the gladioli section at many horticultural shows.

Another of his hobbies was photography. He specialised in colour transparencies and landscape shots and had a fine collection of colour slides of Christchurch and of the Mount Cook region. The collection of Mount Cook slides was said to be one of the best in New Zealand. He exhibited in many photographic competitions in the Dominion and had broadcast commentaries on Bledisloe Cup competitions when they were held in Christchurch. He was a member of the Christchurch Photographic Society. In recent years he had exhibited some of his work in the United States and had won high praise for it.

A former president of the Linwood Library, and a member for about 25 years, Mr Wiltshire was secretary of the library up to the time of his death.
Press, 20 August 1946, page 8.

"Enter Spring "
original photograph by Ernest Edward Wiltshire of the gates to Hagley Park, Christchurch
26cm x 31.3cm
hand-coloured by Isabella McArthur October 1945 (see photo below)
framed by H. Fisher and Son, 691 Colombo Street, Christchurch

Isabella McArthur is shown here sitting at the bottom of the stairs; this photograph is dated September 1943. She was born 6 September 1927, married Victor Malcolm Alexander MacNaughtan in 1948 (7) and died in 1999.


Autumnal beauty in the Botanic Gardens
colour photograph by E. E. Wiltshire
Christchurch, New Zealand City of Beautiful Gardens and Parklands - Tourist Centre for the South Island, page 5

 Azaleas blaze with colour in the Gardens
colour photograph by E. E. Wiltshire
 Christchurch, New Zealand City of Beautiful Gardens and Parklands - Tourist Centre for the South Island, page 10

On the Milford Track
colour photograph by E. E. Wiltshire
Christchurch, New Zealand City of Beautiful Gardens and Parklands - Tourist Centre for the South Island, page 60

(1) Inventory of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery Archive Folder 8b: Correspondence 1932-1944 Containing: Letter, 20.11.1944, Town Clerk to EE Wiltshire (Vice President, Christchurch Photographic Society), granting him permission to utilise the main hall at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery to take photographs.
(2) Archives New Zealand, Wellington, record R22022174.

(3) Register of New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriage 1946/34236   Wiltshire, Ernest Edward aged 62Y
(4) Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database. Buried with  Eva Grahame Wiltshire
(5) "Camera in New Zealand," Anderson and Casbolt,  (1967), p31.
(6)  Photographic Society of New Zealand -
(7) Victor Malcolm Alexander MacNaughtan (Vic): born 1920-died 1989
He married Isabella McArthur. The youngest of the eleven children, he was blessed with an excellent memory which helped in his schooling and whatever he read throughout his life.
After leaving school, he joined the Accounts section of Hutchinson Motors in Christchurch and in 1940 he volunteered for war Service, celebrating his 21st birthday en route to England in 1941. From the Fleet Air Arm, he was transferred on loan to the Royal Navy where he served around the coast of Britain and the Mediterranean, chiefly in Landing Craft. He returned to New Zealand at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant.
He married in 1948 and rejoined Hutchinson Motors. Then in 1958, the family, then with two children, Angela born in 1950 and Alan born 1953, moved to Milton, a small farming town south of Dunedin. Victor's accounting skills were put to use in another Motor Firm and a Wool Scour.
This was a period of active involvement for the whole family with Community Organisations and for Victor the Anglican Church, the District High School and the Borough Council were of great interest. At various times the St. Johns Ambulance, Boy Scouts and the Golf Club claimed his attention, in between caring for the house and garden.
In 1980 Vic and Isabella travelled to England to visit their daughter Angela and he was able to see the great contrast in that country compared to his war-time memories -

(8) English census records of 1891 and 1911 indicate he was born in West Sussex rather than Kent.

BEDE, Christopher

Christopher Bede Studio

Christchurch Telephone Directory - 1970, page 152
Christopher Bede Studios Ltd, PO Box 2136 Christchurch 
Manager's Residence, Diamond Harbour DHB-779

"Michael aged 15 wks"


Henry Whitnall Smith
 born circa 1871
died 4 January 1966 aged 95 years

Acme Studio - 298 Queen Street, Auckland, established about April 1895

 Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 90, 16 April 1895, Page 8

In another part of this issue our young townsman Mr H. Whitnall Smith announces that he has opened a photographic studio at 298 Queen-street over Milne and Choyce's premises. The studio and waiting rooms are large and commodious and have been fitted with every necessity for the convenience and comfort of sitters. There are also two large work-rooms containing every requisite of the trade. Those requiring photographs would do well to visit Mr Smith.
Observer, Volume XV, Issue 854, 11 May 1895, Page 18

 Observer, Volume XV, Issue 854, 11 May 1895, Page 20


Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 147, 26 June 1897, Page 8

Auckland Star, Volume XXVIII, Issue 185, 10 August 1897, Page 2

Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 293, 20 December 1901, Page 8

Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 3, 3 January 1903, Page 1

Auckland Star, Volume XLII, Issue 239, 7 October 1911, Page 8

Auckland Star, Volume XXXIII, Issue 98, 26 April 1902, Page 8

A PRETTY wedding was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon, March 26th, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Khyber Pass. The contracting  couple were Mr H. Whitnall-Smith, of Auckland, and Miss Middlebrook, second daughter of Mr J. Middlebrook, of St. Mary's Road, Ponsonby. The Rev. G. Carver, officiated. The bride was given away by her father, and looked very pretty in a handsome trained dress of white brocaded silk, made with transparent yoke and sleeves, and trimmed with chiffon and orange blossoms she also wore a coronet of orange blossoms, tulle veil, and carried a beautiful shower bouquet presented by the bridegroom, who also gave her a dainty gold watch.

The bridesmaids were Miss Wood, Miss Wild, and Misses Edith and Ettie Middlebrook, two little sisters of the bride. The first couple wore charming dresses of fine white muslin elaborately tucked and inserted with lace, and trimmed with creme silk, white chiffon picture hats, and each carried a beautiful shower bouquet and wore a gold twin-dove brooch, presented by the bridegroom. The little girls wore dainty creme cashmere frocks, tucked, and the yokes and sashes of silk, and white leghorn hats trimmed with chiffon. They carried baskets of flowers and wore gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr Kinnear, dentist, acted as best man, and Mr J. Middlebrook, junr. as groomsman. Mrs Middlebrook, mother of the bride, wore a handsome black silk gown, trimmed with lace, turquoise blue and jet bonnet Mrs F. Stonnex, sister of the bride, wore a pretty grey voile dress trimmed with creme guipure insertion threaded with black ribbon velvet, and the bodice trimmed with chiffon, black toque; Mrs Whitnall- Smith, mother of the bridegroom, wore black; Mrs Armiger, black silk tucked blouse, black skirt, and black hat. The bridal party drove to the residence of the bride's parents, where they were entertained at afternoon tea, and in the evening a party was given in the Ponsonby Hall, which was most enjoyable and successful.

Observer, Volume XXII, Issue 29, 5 April 1902, Page 8

born circa 1871
died 4 January 1966 aged 95 years
buried Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland

Color Photo Co.
next St. Peter's Church
Upper Willis Street, Wellington

George Henry Luxford
by Color Photo Co.,  Upper Willis Street, Wellington.

Billows and Smith

Billows and Smith 
High Street

Billows, Walter George, Photographer, High Street, Carterton. This business was established in 1895 by Messrs. Billows and Smith, and is now carried on by Mr. Billows solely. The studio is very conveniently situated for the public, being a few doors from the Bank of New Zealand. The operator, Mr. Shannon, has had considerable experience in his profession, having served ten years with Mrs. Herrmann, of Wellington, and the retoucher, Mr. Gaze, was for some years with Mr. C. H. Manning and Mr. Eden George, both of Christchurch. Every branch of photography is undertaken in the establishment, and the work turned out is considered first-class. Enlargements are a specialty with Mr. Billows. 
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District] 1897
Victoria University of Wellington


W. R. Robinson
248 Queen Street
By Appointment 
to His Imperial Highness the 
Grand Duke Alexander of Russia

COSSGROVE, Andrew Goudie

Andrew Goudie Cossgrove
 born circa 1859
died 14 September 1890 Wellington aged 30 years

Southland Times, Issue 3672, 1 April 1880, Page 3
This notice continued in the Southland Times until 2 July 1880.

Tuapeka Times, Volume XVIII, Issue 1072, 30 August 1884, Page 2

We have had submitted to us for inspection a large photographic view of the town of Lawrence, taken by the local photographer, Mr A. G. Cossgrove. The view is a capital one, and the artist has succeeded in placing before his patrons a production worthy of a much larger town than Lawrence. The buildings, even to the lettering on the shop signs, come out boldly and distinctly, and the light and shade are well contrasted. With pleasure we testify to the excellence of Mr Cossgrove's landscape view.
Tuapeka Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1073, 3 September 1884, Page 2 

 Tuapeka Times, Volume XVII, Issue 1073, 3 September 1884, Page 2

Tuapeka Times, Volume XXIII, Issue 1088, 25 October 1884, Page 2

 The American Gem Photo Co.
The American Gem Portrait Company

A branch of the American Photographic studio of Messrs Lovewell, Wing, and Co. was opened yesterday in the premises next the Grahamstown Office in Williamson street, and the Management are now prepared to execute the latest novelties in photography at the exceedingly low rate of charges notified in their advertisement.
Thames Star, Volume XII, Issue 3757, 12 January 1881, Page 2


The American Gem Portrait Company will open a branch on Saturday in the Avenue next to Ainsworth's boot shop, under the management of Mr A. G. Cosgrove. 
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 25 September 1888, Page 2

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 6644, 20 October 1888, Page 3

As this is the last day that the American Gem Photographic Company will be in Wanganui, we would advise all those who wish to have a cheap and good photo taken to make use of the opportunity and pay a visit to the studio in the Avenue.
Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXL, Issue 11355, 16 November 1888, Page 2

 Evening Post, Volume XXXVI, Issue 142, 14 December 1888, Page 3

Evening Post, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 40, 15 August 1889, Page 3

 Evening Post, Volume XL, Issue 66, 15 September 1890, Page 2

Andrew Goudie Cossgrove 
[sometimes Crossgrove, Crosgrove]
third son of James Cossgrove of Ayr, Scotland and Tuapeka, Otago and Mrs Cossgrove (nee Elizabeth Campbell of Pershire),  
arrived Port Chalmers on 12 September 1859 on the "Alpine" [1]
 born circa 1859 [Scotland?]
died 14 September 1890 Wellington aged 30 years, reg.  1890/3663  
buried 16 September 1890, Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington
Public Section, Plot number 106.E

married 1 February 1881
 at the residence of the bride's father, William Martin, Bishopscourt [or Bishop's Court], Dunedin, reg. 1881/650 
Rachel Wilhelmina Jessie Martin
she married secondly circa 1893, reg 1893/4176 Robert James Stuart
 died 14 February 1896 at her residence Union Street, Dunedin aged 31 years
 reg. 1896/4004
buried Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, block 20P, plot 30A

 Otago Witness, Issue 1526, 5 February 1881, Page 17

Otago Witness, Issue 219, 20 February 1896, Page 29

1. Elizabeth Minnie Martin Cossgrove born 2 April 1882 at Bishop's Court, Dunedin, reg. 1882/795, married 1908/1595, William Healy 

2. Jessie Mary Campbell Cossgrove reg. 1883/14016, married 1905/1033 William Boyd     

3. May Charlotte Wright Cossgrove reg. 1885/13643  

4. James Arthur Cossgrove reg. 1888/17733, married 1915/8141 Beatrice Bailey Morgan  

5. Ivy McCord Cossgrove reg. 1890/10430

A bankrupt named Cossgrove [brother of Andrew Goudie Cossgrove], a teacher by profession, who at one time resided at Maheno, received pretty rough treatment at the hands of Judge Ward in the District Court at Westport a day or two ago. The bankrupt, remarked his Honor, seemed to have run bills with every human being who would trust him, and then came to the West Coast, considering it a perfect Alsatia for getting rid of debts, thinking it was as easy to get through as in 1869. The illness of bankrupt's wife was to be deplored, but the medical comforts required seemed to be not so much got from chemists as from grocers and drapers. Bankrupt appeared to have been running his establishment entirely on credit. An order of discharge would only be granted conditionally on the payment of 10s in the of the debts, which would amount to £75 per year. His Honor trusted that the Education Board expected the bankrupt to instruct his pupils in honesty.
Tuapeka Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 1806, 24 June 1891, Page 2

[1] James Crossgrove, wife and three sons - Otago Witness , Issue 407, 17 September 1859, Page 2

Unknown Photographers

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March 2015

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