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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 -

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

Marlborough District Council - Cemetery Records Search
Births, Deaths and Marriages Online 
divorce - Archives New Zealand, Christchurch Office item number R8376038