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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 -

COX, Benjamin Shatford

Benjamin Shatford Cox

born circa 1874
died 15 May 1947, aged 73 years
buried Taruheru Cemetery

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11095, 9 October 1907, Page 4

The employees of Sarony yesterday Mr B. S. Cox with a suitable present on the eve of his departure for Gisborne, where he goes to open a business on his own account. Mr C. J. Ellerbeck, who spoke for the employees, said that Mr Cox, as head printer, had sustained the reputation of the firm by turning out some splendid samples of work, and in the name of all wished him good luck and plenty of business in Gisborne. Mr Cox, in responding, said he was sorry to leave Auckland, but would go away with the feeling that his efforts had been appreciated by all.
Auckland Star, Volume XXXII, Issue 28, 2 February 1901, Page 4

Mr B. S. Cox announces that he has taken over Mr C P. Browne's old-established Gisborne photographic studio. Mr Cox has acquired a thorough knowledge of the photographic art in its finest branches, having had considerable experience under the well-known Sarony, of Auckland, and it is his intention to turn out from the studio only the very best grade of work. We wish Mr Cox all the success that his enterprise and skill most thoroughly deserve.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 9075, 18 February 1901, Page 3

Mr B. S. Cox, of the Gisborne Photographic Studio, during the recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of York, received the distinguished patronage of the Royal party, for whom he executed some views of local scenery. Mr Cox's show-rooms are full of samples of his work, which from an artistic point of view it will be a matter of difficulty to surpass in any part of the colony. By advertisement special attention is directed to a large assortment of views which have been made up into cards suitable for the coming season.
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 9304, 18 November 1901, Page 2

Scene at Lake Waikaremoana. 

TOMLINSON, Francis Ernest

Francis Ernest Tomlinson
 born circa 1864 Melbourne, Australia
only son of Mr and Mrs Francis Tomlinson
died 5 September 1944 at his residence, 14 Matai Road, Hataitai, Wellington aged 80 years
  buried Karori Cemetery, Wellington

married 29 april 1890 by the Rev. William Shirer
Elizabeth Cousins Barr 
third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barr, Wellington [1]

Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 58, 6 September 1944, Page 1

Mr. F. E. Tomlinson
The death occurred in Wellington yesterday of Mr. Francis Ernest Tomlinson, whose photographic activities in the earlier days of tourist publicity in New Zealand were a valuable contribution to the work of making the Dominion's scenic attractions known to the outside world. Mr Tomlinson was aged 80.

He was born in Melbourne, Victoria and came to New Zealand in 1886, undertaking photographic work in Christchurch and the West Coast, but mainly in Wellington, and at one time owned a photographic establishment in Manners Street. It was Mr. Tomlinson who placed before Mr. Seddon, at that time Prime Minister, the idea of making New Zealand's scenic attractions better known to the other parts of the world through the medium of photographs and he later made a trip to the United States and three separate visits to Australia with a film projector showing the Dominion's beauty spots and industrial developments. In Australia in addition to demonstrating to public audiences, he visited many of the Commonwealth's secondary schools with his films. He was official photographer for the tour of New Zealand by the Earl of Glasgow when he was Governor of New Zealand, and visited Samoa with a Parliamentary delegation in the same capacity.

He was a member of the Masonic Order and one of the early members of the Oddfellows' Lodge.

He married in 1890 Miss Elizabeth C. Barr, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Barr, who were early settlers in Wellington, Mr. Barr being at one time a Mayor of Eastbourne. They celebrated their golden wedding in May, 1940, and his wife survives him, together with his son, Mr Harold Tomlinson, of Wellington and his daughter, Mrs. Charles McCombie, of Waihi. There are four grandchildren, including Frank Tomlinson, who is serving in the Middle East, and Patrick McCombie, in the R.N.Z.A.F., and one great-grandchild.

Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 59, 7 September 1944, Page 6

[1] Evening Post, Volume CXXIX, Issue 100, 29 April 1940, Page 1

Bush Life

Bush Camp, N.Z.
F.T. Glossine Series no. 2588A
"Dear Dorothy, this is picture of bush life in New Zealand some of the scenery is very pretty and the ferns grow like palm trees as you can see by the card, with lots of kisses from Papa"

Camp Life New Zealand Bush no. 11
W Beattie & Co. Fine Art Publishers, Auckland, N.Z.
The "Moa" Series
"Dear Dorothy, Papa sends love and hopes you are allright (sic), these cards are pretty and shew the New Zealand Bush, I will get some views of Auckland soon and send with lots of kisses from Papa"

Hamurana Spring, Rotorua, N.Z.
 F.T. Glossine Series no. 2494A

Clarke Brothers

Clarke Brothers

(late Crombies)
Royal Fine Art Photographic Gallery
Opposite Union Bank
Queen Street
Auckland, New Zealand

William Clarke and James Clarke

 New Zealand Herald, Volume X, Issue 3717, 9 October 1873, Page 1

 New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7333, 20 May 1885, Page 8

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7333, 20 May 1885, Page 8 

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7333, 20 May 1885, Page 8

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7333, 20 May 1885, Page 8




Benjamin Murgatroyd

Born circa 1864, came to New Zealand on the "Pleiades", arriving at Lyttelton in 1885. Married at Timaru to Ellen Maud Bezzant (registered 1890). Died aged 93 years on 22 March 1957, cremated at Waikumete.

Wises Directory, 1897, Benjamin, sheep farmer, Cheviot
Rootsweb - freepages

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1898-99
Murgatroyd Benjamin, Cheviot

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1900
Murgatroyd Benjamin, Cheviot

The New Zealand Post Office Directory (Wise's) for 1901
Murgatroyd Benjamin, Cheviot

Arthur Murgatroyd born circa 1891
Florence Rita Murgatroyd born circa 1895
Ethel Vera Murgatroyd born circa 1896
Leonard John Murgatroyd born circa 1899
Frederic Stanley Murgatroyd born circa 1900
Leslie Benjamin Murgatroyd born circa 1902
William Hulbert Murgatroyd born circa 1903
New Zealand Government Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records website

 above  - photograph by Benjamin Murgatroyd, Cheviot.

 above  - photograph by Benjamin Murgatroyd, Cheviot about 1897.
 "Mrs Forrester came to New Zealand in the sailing ship Isabella Hurcase (sic) in the year 1856. Louisa with Nell, Sarah and John"

The "Isabella Hercus" arrived Lyttelton 4 January 1856. Louisa Forrester died 5 August 1911 at Karaka, Hurunui aged 57 years, buried Waikari Cemetery.

Louisa Burrell married Robert Adam Forrester in 1876 (reg. 1876/1623).  Their youngest children were: Ellen Jane Forrester born 1887, (reg. 1887/11129), Sarah Agnes Forrester born 1892, (reg. 1892/15260) and John Archibald Forrester born 1895, (reg. 1895/4564).    

News has been received by his daughter, Mrs R. Forrester, of Cracker Creek, Hurunui, of the death in Southland of her father, Mr George Burrell, one of the early pilgrims of this province. Mr Burrell was 71 years of age when he died, having spent the last 48 years in New Zealad. He arrived here with his family in the Charlotte Jane (sic), and went at once to work as a bushman in Papanui, When bush work ceased there he took to road formation, and contracted for the swamp road between Saltwater Creek and what is now Sefton. During the progress of this heavy contract he resided on the Mount Grey Downs, and subsequently took up land near the present township of Sefton, which in 1881 he sold to Mr Henry Mahler, and then went to live on a farm near Fernside  which he subsequently let, and then removed to Waikawa in Southland where he has just died. Mr Burrell always led a very active life, and was a beau ideal colonist.
Press, Volume LV, Issue 10220, 16 December 1898, Page 5



New Zealand Newspapers Ltd
Cathedral Square

 USS Arneb
photographed near Chatham Islands

USS Glacier
photographed at Lyttelton

HALL, Samuel

Samuel Hall
born 7 September 1893 Whangarei, New Zealand
 son of Edwin Hall (bushman) and Ellen Maud Cheshire (marriage registered 1883/2542)
died 13 September 1971 Silverstream, Upper Hutt, New Zealand

16 July 1919 Wellington, reg. 1919/5334
Eleanor Rose Kay 
"Nello or Nella"
daughter of  Harry Bromley Kay and Edith Margurite Mary Gaze
born 31 August 1893, reg. 1893/17747
died circa 1982 aged 89 years, reg. 1982/50978.

Winnie, Ellen Maud Hall (nee Cheshire) Ted, Toss and Samuel Hall
photograph courtesy of Richard Hall

"But only God can make a Tree"
by Samuel Hall, A.R.P.S

"Golden Sunset"
by Samuel Hall, 1945

by Samuel Hall, 1945

New Zealand birth and death records show Samuel Hall was born in 1893 to Edwin and Ellen Hall (reg. 1893/16341).

 New Zealand Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 12107, 29 October 1902, Page 8

Hall v. Hall. Mr. Myers appeared for the petitioner, and respondent did not appear. Petitioner, Ellen Maud Hall, living at Carterton, said she was married to the respondent, Edwin Hall, in 1883. They lived together for about eleven years, going to Carterton about seven years ago. She had not heard of him for some years, he having left her. There were seven children of the marriage. His Honour deferred giving a decision until proof of substituted service had been given. (Left sitting.)

Evening Post, Volume LXIV, Issue 144, 15 December 1902, Page 5

Our Own Correspondent. Mr S. Hall, who was for some time on the staff of the local Post Office, and who has since been attached to the Wanganui Post Office, has been transferred to Wellington as cadet draughtsman in the laboratories.

Wairarapa Age, Volume XXV, Issue 10713, 14 April 1913, Page 7

His service records from World War One show he was born on 7 September 1893 at Whangarei. When he enlisted he was an draughtsman for the NZ Government, his next-of-kin was his mother Mrs E. Hall of Greytown. 


Star, Issue 11658, 27 March 1916, Page 7

During world War One Samuel Hall served with NZ Engineers Wireless Corps, regimental no. 4/2178, serving abroad for three years 75 days. 

The signature of Samuel Hall
from WW1 Army file: HALL, Samuel - WW1 4/2178 - Army

Newspaper and marriage records show he married Eleanor "Nello" Rose Kay at Wellington on 16 July 1919 (reg. 1919/5334).

HALL - KAY.—On the 16th July, 1919, at Wellington, Rev. Knowles  Smith officiating, Samuel Hall, youngest son of Mrs. E. Hall, Carterton, to Nello Kay, younger daughter of Mr. H. B. Kay (3), of Christchurch. 

At this week's meeting of the Camera Club a competition of coloured photographs was held. Mr. P. N. Denton presided over a large attendance.

Twenty tinted photographs of a high standard were hung, and Mr. S. Hall, who had previously given a practical demonstration on the art of colouring photographs, judged the entries. The result of the competition was as follows:—
A section, Mr. J. W. Johnson, first, second, and third.
B section, Mr. J. W. Stubbs, first and second, Miss H. Davidson third.
C Section, Mr. J. E. Tunnington, first.

Mr. Hall advised the use of a panchromatic or colour-corrected plate or film to obtain best tone value, and sepia toning of the print to give warmth and a more pleasing effect. The object was to portray as nearly as possible the effect which would be rendered by the three-colour process, and not to attempt to disguise a photograph as an oil-painting.

Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 117, 20 May 1933, Page 5

"Coloured Photographs" was the subject of a competition recently held by the Wellington Camera Club. Seventeen pictures were exhibited ...

... Mr. S. Hall, the lecturer, said that colour photography to a large extent was a matter of personal choice. It was not satisfactory to colour black and white prints. A warm tone such as a sepia tone was preferred for a start. The colour should not be smeared on until the pigment was hidden, but if one could disguise one's photograph to give a natural effect of colour without visible means as to how it got there the photographer had obtained the most pleasing effect. Part of the art of colouring was knowing what not to colour, and to choose a subject which lent itself to colouring. Good gradation in portraiture work was essential when colour work was being done. New Zealand bush, Mr. Hall said, was very sombre and when colouring this subject it needed touching up with brown.

Mr. Hall gave many useful tips regarding big enlargements and aids to getting the colour to hold. A hearty vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. J. K. MacKay to Mr. Hall for his interesting talk, and carried by acclamation.

Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 20, 24 July 1934, Page 5

In 1937, Samuel Hall was used as a handwriting expert in the trial of Joseph Stephenson Skinner, charged with making false statements.

"This is another instance of a man drawing sustenance under his own name and working on the wharves under another name," said Mr. E. A. Selman, district employment officer, when Joseph Stephenson Skinner was charged before Mr. J. H. Luxford, S.M., in the Magistrate's Court today with three offences of making false statements for the purpose of obtaining benefit under the Employment Promotion Act, 1936. The defendant wrote to the Court and pleaded guilty.

Mr. Selman explained that the defendant had earned substantial wages and was on the books of the Wellington Harbour Board. For the three weeks referred to in the charges, the defendant's wages from the board were £5 10s 10d, £2 1s 2d, and £5 8s 2d respectively. The highest amount declared to the Department was 18s.

Mr. J. J. McLean said that during a period of four months there was only one man on the Harbour Board books known as Stringer.

Mr. S. Hall, of the Post and Telegraph Department, handwriting expert, said that the "J. Stringer" signed in the Harbour Board books, and the "J. S. Skinner" in the Department's records were signed by the same man.

The Magistrate: This case is bad enough to have been brought under the criminal law.

Mr. Selman: The defendant would have been so charged, your Worship, except for the expense involved in bringing the man down from Auckland, where he is at present on sustenance, or conducting the case up there.

The defendant was convicted and fined £5 and costs on each, of the three charges.

Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 26, 30 July 1937, Page 11

"Spring Idyll" 
by Samuel Hall A.R.P.S
 Photograph courtesy of Historic Wakatipu

 "In Arrowtown" 
by Samuel Hall A.R.P.S
 Photograph courtesy of Historic Wakatipu 

Stamp Designs
Samuel Hall designed the 1935, 1939 and 1942 issues of New Zealand Health Stamps and the 1938 issue was based on an idea by him and G. Bull, both of the Post and Telegraph Department (2). 


The 1935 health stamp campaign will be officially inaugurated next Sunday evening by his Excellency the Governor-General, Viscount Galway, who as its patron will commend the movement to the people of the Dominion in a radio address from all national stations.

The aim is to raise at least £10,000 for health camp organisations, which for some years have been doing splendid work throughout the Dominion. This year's health stamp "1d for postage, 1d for health" — is a competitive design by Mr. S. Hall, of Wellington. It is twice the size of the ordinary penny stamp, and the design, in a vertical panel with a key pattern border, emphasises that the key to health is sunshine. Within the key-shaped central panel appears a happy child in a bathing costume, playing at the seaside...

Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 73, 23 September 1935, Page 11

Newspaper Advert
Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 84, 5 October 1935, Page 29


The Health Stamp issued on 1 October 1938.  Mr. J. Berry prepared the design from suggestions and material supplied by Messrs. G. Bull and Samuel Hall.
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1939 Session I, F-01 Page 15


...With the object of widening the opportunities for helping the health camps, two health stamps will be issued this year. One denomination is to be printed in green, having a postage value of a halfpenny and costing a penny, so that half the value can be applied to health camp funds. Thus contributions may bo made by those persons who use the mails for receipts, post-cards, newspapers bearing the halfpenny rate, and many commercial papers. The second stamp, which conforms to the familiar slogan of "A Penny for Health and a Penny for Postage," will be sold at 2d and carries a postage value of a penny. By combining the two health stamps, the public will be able to utilise them for overseas mails on the Empire air-mail service at the l½d a half-ounce rate.

This year's design, which is being utilised on both denominations, depicts three lusty boys vigorously keeping high in the air a medicine ball inscribed "health." They are playing in a field, obviously enjoying this healthy recreation, which the health stamp makes available to so many children each year. The design was prepared by Mr. S. Hall, of Wellington, and the stamps have been effectively printed by the note printing branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVI, Issue 23441, 2 September 1939, Page 17

The 1942 issue depicted two children playing on a swing at the Wellington Botanical Gardens (3).

This year's Health Stamps, which will be issued early in October, will be of the usual two denominations, but in a new design. This has been prepared by Mr. S. Hall, of Wellington, and depicts two children sitting on a swing. The format will be vertical, the stamps being similar in shape and size to the 1939 Health Stamps. The sales of Health Stamps last year totalled 349,543 of the lower denomination and 434,855 of the higher. This represented a sum of £2540 2s 2½d for Health purposes.
Evening Post, Volume CXXXIV, Issue 15, 17 July 1942, Page 4

Health Stamps issued on 1 October 1942, designed by Samuel Hall.

At least two photographs by Samuel Hall appeared in 
"Making New Zealand - Pictorial Surveys of a Century."

no. 25 - Recreation, page 3. 

no. 26 - Summer Sports, page 19.

In 1945 Samuel Hall joined the Royal Photographic Society and gained a Society Associate in that year. His address was given in 1947 as Architectural Branch, Property Division, GPO, Wellington. Another private address is given from the mid-1950s, again in Wellington. He resigned from the Royal Photographic Society in 1960 (1).

He died on 13 September 1971 Silverstream aged 78 years. At the time of his death he was a retired Civil Servant, his wife was then living at 25 Tainui Street, Paraparaumu.

As part of the THE SIMON MANCHESTER COLLECTION, Dunbar Sloane auctioned 12 Hall photographs in 2011, one (no. A103) is titled "Basrah Water Carrier", the army file indicates that Samuel Hall was in Basrah during WW1. The auctioned photographs were:

Towards Lake Taupo New Zealand
Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A100 S.C. HALL
Golden Sunset
Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 46 x 36cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A101 S.C. HALL 
Silver Birches, Lake Kanieri.

Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).

Est. $100-200

A102 S.C. HALL

A Peaceful Haven

Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).

Est. $100-200

A103 S.C. HALL,

Basrah Water Carrier
Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A104 S.C. HALL
Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 35cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A105 S.C. HALL
Hand coloured photo.  Signed & entitled. 38 x 48cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A106 S.C. HALL,
At Eventide
Hand coloured photo.  Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200.

A107 S. C. HALL
Hand coloured photo.  Signed & entitled. 47 x 34cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A108 S. C. HALL
Early Morn, Lake Wakatipu
Hand coloured photo.  Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A109 S. C. HALL
Restless Sea
Hand coloured photo.  Signed & entitled. 41 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

A110 S. C. HALL
Hand coloured photo. Signed & entitled. 47 x 37cm, (FR).
Est. $100-200

(1) Michael Pritchard, RPS
(3)  Harry Bromley Kay, 1922 - Telegraphist of 40 Warwick Street, Richmond, Christchurch
Press, Volume LVIII, Issue 17629, 5 December 1922, Page 4. Died circa 1958 reg. 1958/26754 aged 86 years

1997/53769    McIntyre     Ronald McLean     27/12/1913    83Y
1990/34397    McIntyre     Valerie Nella     13/8/1920    70Y

On Wednesday afternoon at Greytown, the marriage was solemnised of Miss Lilian Florence ("Lil") Wenden, second daughter of Mr and Mrs R. Wenden, of Greytown, and Mr William Hall, third son of Mrs E. Hall, of Carterton. The ceremony was performed at St. Luke's Church, Greytown, in the presence of a large assemblage. The officiating minister was. the Rev. A. T. B. Page.
Wairarapa Age, Volume XXXII, Issue 10648, 1 June 1912, Page 5