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All newspaper articles and advertisements are from Papers Past - National Library of New Zealand or Trove - National Library of Australia unless otherwise stated

All photographs unless otherwise stated or credited belong to the "Sidney Clarence Gudsell Photographic Trust"

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 -

Unknown Photographers

Unknown Photographers
March 2015

above - a "spirit" photograph



This carte de visite by Davis - Wanganui appears to show a display of firefighting.



Dougall's "Far South"

Dougall's "Far South" sells for £11,875

Exploration and Discovery 1576-1939: The Library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching Part 2, D-J
30 September 2014 | 10:00 AM BST London

Dougall, William
Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

Details & Cataloguing
Dougall, William

2 volumes (8vo text and oblong folio album of photographs), text: 8vo (217 x 135mm.), [iv], 3-22pp., original printed yellow wrappers, stapled as issued, preserved in the front cover pocket of the accompanying album of photographs: oblong folio (302 x 390mm.), 77 mounted albumen print photographs (from 102 x 145mm. to 240 x 294mm., or the reverse), (56 are listed in the text volume as a complete set, this album is extra-illustrated with 21 additional photographs), nearly all with letterpress captions pasted on the printed mounts, publisher's dark red morocco, yellow endpapers, text with vertical crease, staining to text and wrappers, spine slightly worn, some fading to photographs, light to heavy spotting on mounts, binding of album expertly refurbished

A very rare booklet and accompanying extra-illustrated album of photographs; we are unable to trace any auction record for either the text or the album of photographs. The text for the booklet was first published in the Southland Times, and is here published separately for the first time, together with a list of the photographs that were issued to accompany the text. The album was published with 56 photographs, however the present album has an additional 21 mounted photographs by Dougall.

Thomas Musgrave, whose signature appears in the booklet, was shipwrecked on the Auckland Islands for twenty months in the 1860s and is mentioned in the text; a harbour on Auckland island is named after him and there is a photograph of the wreck in the album.

Collins & Sons

Collins & Sons

above - an unknown house photographed by Collins & Sons.

above and below - the house of William George Bolitho, Momona, Otago about 1913.






Percy Stevens
Art Photographer

Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, 11 May 1921, Page 5

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19108, 28 August 1925, Page 18

 New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIII, Issue 19279, 18 March 1926, Page 4

For Modern Portraiture
The "Millard Studios," which are situated in the H. B. Building, Karangahape Road, next George Courts, Ltd., have to be well-known lately for beautiful and natural child studies. From the many examples displayed at the studio, it is clear that the present owner, Mr. Percy Stevens, is a past-master in winning the confidence of children. The studio is one of the most spacious in the city, and is fitted with the fastest means known to modern photography for taking these studies, enabling family, wedding or club groups to be taken to the best advantage.

Enlargements.— This studio has always been noted for enlargements, and its reputation for this class of work is increasing. These are supplied in all styles, including black-and-white, sepia and permanent natural colours (which are really natural) in either oil or water-colour, at very moderate prices. When no original photograph is available a picture will be taken free of charge for enlargement purposes.

Mr. Stevens invites town residents to call and inspect and country dwellers to write for quotations. The "Millard Studios" are also well equipped for commercial photography. Examples of the work produced by the studio may be seen at the entrance of the Prince Edward Theatre, at the Blue Pavilion Tea-rooms, and at the premises of Griffiths and Co., Karangahape Road, and France Street entrance to studio.—Advt.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LXV, Issue 19950, 19 May 1928, Page 14

SMITH, Sydney Charles

Sydney Charles Smith
1915 - Melba Photographic Studio

born circa 1888, reg. 1888/8640, son of Mary and William Smith
died 27 April 1972 aged 83 years, buried Taita Lawn Cemetery, Wellington

married circa 1914, reg. 1914/3050 (registered as Sidney)
Mabel Francis Smith
7 September 1967
aged 73 years, buried Taita Lawn Cemetery

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Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 19, 19 July 1934, Page 1

SMITH.— At Wellington Hospital, on June 18, 1941, Stephen Jeffery Smith, aged 12 years, dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Smith (photographer), of 4 Hungerford Road, Lyall Bay.
Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 142, 18 June 1941, Page 1

Dominion, Volume 3, Issue 824, 24 May 1910, Page 2

 Politicians and a crowd, outside Parliament Buildings, upon the declaration of war with Germany. Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972 :Photographs of New Zealand. Ref: 1/2-045239-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Sydney Charles Smith's photograph taken outside Parliament in 1914 was used in New Zealand Post’s 2014 WW1 stamp issue – 1914 For King and Empire.

 Courtesy New Zealand Post.

"In Wellington in  the early 1900s, Joseph Zacharia (1867-1965) established himself as a catch-as-catch-can photojournalist on the social circuit. He reproduced his images - and sometimes those of other Wellington photographers under contract to him, notably Sydney Charles Smith (1888-1972), who later set up his own photography studio in Newtown - in the form of hand-tinted postcards ..." 
Into the Light : A History of New Zealand Photography, David Eggleton, Craig Potton Publishing (2006), pages 37 - 39.

Blaze in Willis St.
A Live Wire
 Fireman gets Slight Shock
At half-past two on Sunday morning, Constable Parkinson, of Manners Street Police Station, discovered that No. 209 Willis Street, a two-story wooden building, was on fire. The constable gave an alarm, and the Central Fire Brigade reached the scene very soon afterwards. The blaze was quickly subdued, but in the meantime house No. 207 had caught fire. This further trouble, however, was got in hand without difficulty, and before much damage was done to the premises.

The lower floor of No. 209 was occupied by Mr. John Hopwell, engineer, and the top floor by Mr. S. C. Smith, of the Melba Photographic Studio [1]. The outbreak is reported to have occurred on the upper floor, and there the damage by fire was considerable to the building and its contents. Water damaged the contents of the ground floor rooms.

Mr. Hopwell had no insurance on his belongings, and Mr. Smith had a policy for £190 in the Phoenix Office. Mr. E. W. Petherick, Lower Hutt, owns the building.

While the brigade was engaged in suppressing the outbreak, Fireman James Garwood came in contact with a live wire. Fortunately it was only a lighting wire of 100 volts, and the shock, though unpleasant, was not severe. Fireman Garwood was able to return to the station on the brigade's motor wagon, and was quite recovered later in the day. Rumours were current in the city during the day that the accident was very serious, but such is not the case.

Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2361, 18 January 1915, Page 6

Formerly employed by the photographer Arthur Waldemar Schaef.

Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 149, 26 June 1935, Page 10

Evening Post, Volume CXXIX, Issue 106, 6 May 1940, Page 1

Evening Post, Volume CXXXII, Issue 1, 1 July 1941, Page 1

Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 133, 2 December 1943, Page 1

Boating on the Avon, Christchurch, N.Z.
Photo by S. C. Smith, 127 - Published by Tanner Bros.

Entrance to Botanical Gardens, Christchurch, N.Z.
Photo by S. C. Smith, 115 - Published by Tanner Bros.

[1] No other reference to the Melba Photographic Studio or Melba Studio could be found in Papers Past.