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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 -

DIGBY, Spencer Harry Gilbee

Spencer Digby
Prudential Buildings

     Spencer Harry Gilbee Digby  
born 26 June 1901
died circa 1995, reg. 1995/45348  

Peggy O'Neill of Wanganui by Spencer Digby

Ison's Portraits

Ison's Portraits
 748 Colombo Street, Christchurch
Arnold Edward Ison
born 11 March 1909, Tamworth, New South Wales
reg. 19396/1909, Tamworth, New South Wales
died circa 1983, reg. 1983/48955, New Zealand 

An experienced portrait salesman is required for a leading New Zealand studio to travel. The successful applicant must be capable of handling and training other salesman. Car, transport from Australia, and excellent remuneration will be supplied. Apart from Sales Manager's position, other applications would also be considered. Principal will be in Sydney from February 1. Write immediately to
Ison's Portraits.
748 Colombo St., Christchurch, N.Z.  
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Friday 6 January 1950 page 11

1955 - Canterbury Provincial Trades Directory
Ison's Photographic Salon (A. E. Ison), 748a Colombo Street, C.1.

1957 - Wise's New Zealand Post Office Directory, vol. 3: Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Westland
Ison A.E., 748b Colombo Street, Christchurch

1962 - New Zealand Post Office, Telephone Directory Christchurch and District
Ison’s for Colour, 748 Colombo Street 88 607: Phone: 88 607

1970 - Christchurch Telephone Directory
Ison's Portrait Photographers, 748 Colombo Street 1, 50288

1975 - UBD - Canterbury Provincial Business & Trade Directory
Ison's Portraits, 750 Colombo Street, City

Dimond and Hart

Dimond and Hart

Dimond and Hart (Joseph Davis Dimond and Stephen Hart), Photo Enlargers and Importers, 49 Tory Street, Wellington. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. Private residences: Mr. Dimond, Christchurch; Mr. Hart, Tasman Street, Wellington. 

The business was originally established as Dimond Brothers in Melbourne in 1886. In 1891 Mr. J. D. Dimond opened a branch of the business in Adelaide, South Australia, which he subsequently took over on his own account and conducted personally for two years. He came to New Zealand in 1893, and was joined by Mr. Hart, establishing the present firm. The Adelaide business, Mr. Dimond has since sold to Messrs. Dimond Bros, of Melbourne. Messrs. Dimond and Hart transact business throughout the entire Colony, being represented by responsible agents.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District] 1897.
© 2013 Victoria University of Wellington 

above - instructions for Dimond and Hart to colour and frame the photograph shown below of George Victor Gudsell and family.

A photograph dating from 1916 or early 1917 by James Alfred Willoughby, Geraldine.

George Victor Gudsell with his wife Lily Louisa Gudsell and their children Vera and Joyce Gudsell. 

George Victor Gudsell, born 7 May 1887 Lincoln Road, Christchurch, died 9 February 1974, 178 King Street, Temuka.
Lily Louisa Early, born 11 January 1884 Broadfields, died 10 November/December 1940 Winchester.
Vera Agnes Gudsell, born 5 October 1914 Geraldine, died 5 July 1926 Winchester aged 11 years.
Frances Joyce Gudsell, born 16 April 1916 Geraldine, died 20 April 2001 Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch.

The New Zealand Photographic Company

(opposite the Establishment of Mr Hague Smith)

 New Zealand Herald, Volume III, Issue 687, 26 January 1866, Page 1

  New Zealand Herald, Volume III, Issue 688, 27 January 1866, Page 1
(this notice continued in the  Daily Southern Cross until 20 February 1866)

The New Zealand Photographic Company, Queen Street, Auckland

TURNER, Nicholas

Nicholas Turner
 Methodist Minister, Photographer

born circa 1863
died 19 February 1930 aged 67 years
reg. 1930/11374
buried Bromley Cemetery block 31, plot 323

Missioner Nicholas Turner, who has been prominently before Wellingtonians recently as the promoter of the Prisoners' Aid Society, and the organiser of the movement which has resulted in the establishment of the Home of Hope for discharged prisoners at Makara, is well-known not only in Wellington, but in Christchurch and Melbourne.

He had much experience in social reform work as an officer of the Salvation Army. He has been of late years an active worker in religious circles in Wellington as the head of the Central Mission, is a member of the Ministers' Association, and acting-secretary of the Council of Churches.

Mr. Turner has been a photographic enthusiast for some twenty years, and for some time prior to coming to Wellington toured the South Island with his camera on behalf of the "Canterbury Times."

Free Lance, Volume V, Issue 224, 15 October 1904, Page 3

  Press, Volume LIII, Issue 15822, 10 February 1917, Page 1

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17290, 17 May 1918, Page 7

The above is the title of the lantern lecture to be given in aid of the "Soldiers' Mothers' Day effort," this evening, in the Opera House, by the Rev Nicholas Turner, who, four years ago, made an extensive tour throughout this land, covering practically all the places traversed and occupied by our troops.

The Napier, Auckland and Christchurch papers, in commenting upon the lecture, spoke highly of the information and pleasure afforded to those who had interest in the movements of our troops there, for many New Zealand homes are well represented in this "New Crusade," and further paid the compliment that "Mr Turner not only made slides, but every slide was a picture, ably and racily described by the lecturer." One hundred and thirty slides in all will be screened, 60 of which will show the actual scenes of our military movements. The object is in furtherance of the Soldiers, Club movement, and a good house is assured. The chair will be taken by his Worship the Mayor (Mr C. E. Mackay).

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17294, 22 May 1918, Page 6

The Rev. Nicholas Turner will conduct his farewell services to-morrow. 11 a.m. at Aramoho, 7 p.m., Dublin Street. Mr. and Mrs. Turner purpose leaving on Wednesday morning next for Christchurch, in which city he will seek rest until health is restored. Mr. Turner hopes to secure at the coming conference twelve months leave without pastoral charge.

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17498, 15 February 1919, Page 4

Corporal W. A. Turner, son of the Rev. Nicholas Turner, Lichfield street, returned with the Waimana's draft after an absence of nearly four years. Corporal Turner was engaged for several years on the staff of W. Suckling and Co., photographic dealers in this city [Christchurch] and Auckland.
Press, Volume LV, Issue 16560, 27 June 1919, Page 8 

High tribute to the valuable services given to the Methodist Church by the late Mr. Nicholas Turner, of Christchurch, was paid last night by the president of ,the Methodist Conference (the Rev. A. N. Scotter, B.A.), and the Conference passed in silence a resolution of sympathy and condolence with his relatives. Mr. Turner was for some years in charge of the High street Mission, Christchurch, and when the Chapman Alexander Mission left New Zealand, he went Home with Dr. Chapman as his secretary. He afterwards returned to New Zealand and took up a business career.
Evening Post, Volume CIX, Issue 44, 21 February 1930, Page 11

Evening Post, Volume CXXIX, Issue 90, 16 April 1940, Page 1

WILLIAMS, Havelock

Havelock Arthur Williams 

Havelock Williams
photograph courtesy of Diana Rhodes
Havelock Williams was born in Wellington the son of John Havelock Williams and Hannah Williams nee Sharp. The family moved to Christchurch in 1889 and in about 1909 he moved to Timaru to play in Timaru's first permanent vaudeville and cinema show. Later he established a photographic studio at 276 Stafford Street, Timaru. 

On the retirement of William Ferrier he took over the photographic work for the Timaru Harbour Board and was the official photographer for Rodolph Wigley's Mount Cook Motor Company. The studio closed about 1936 or 1940. In 1940 S. A. Bremford was operating from the address.
from Havelock Williams 1884-1968 With My Camera for Company - edited by Diana Rhodes 2003 Hazard Press Ltd

Havelock Arthur Williams married 1stly about 1905, reg.  1905/5460 to Edith Elizabeth Miller.

1. Arthur John Havelock Williams  born 29 July 1905,  reg. 1905/22755, died 29 May 1981, reg.  1981/36015, buried Fairhall Cemetery, Marlborough 2. Wallis George Williams  born circa 1907, reg. 1907/4783,  died circa 1934, reg 1934/8346 aged 27 years
3. Ronald Dudley Williams born circa 1908, reg.   1908/14917, died circa 1913, reg 1913/5455 aged 4 years

Mabel Dorothy Grace (1895-1982)
photographed by her brother Havelock Williams.
Photograph courtesy of Diana Rhodes

Among the fine groups of photos in the practice room of the South Canterbury Battalion Band, may now be seen a handsomely framed enlarged photograph of the band in attendance at the camp held at the Timaru Park in October last [1910]. The photo and mounting is the work of Mr Lock Williams of this town. It was presented by him to the band, and reflects great credit on his artistic ability.
Timaru Herald, Volume XCIV, Issue 14517, 12 August 1911, Page 2

Mr A. Chiaroni, of the Art Depot, Arcade, wishes to inform the public that owing to the expiry of his tenancy he sold out yesterday his entire stock, to Mr Lock (sic) Williams, Stafford Street, for whom he bespeaks a continuance of the patronage that has been accorded to him.
Timaru Herald, Volume XCVI, Issue 14925, 18 December 1912, Page 11

Timaru Herald, Volume XCVI, Issue 14929, 26 December 1912, Page 2

 Timaru Herald, Volume XCVIII, Issue 15179, 24 October 1913, Page 10

Visitors to the Art Exhibition should bestow a glance upon the photography exhibits on the left hand side of the entrance hall. Some of these are artistically as well as skilfully done. The unusual lighting effects, and the mezzotint tone of some of Mr H. Williams's studies are particularly noteworthy.

Timaru Herald, Volume XCVIII, Issue 15180, 25 October 1913, Page 8

 Timaru Herald, Volume XCVIII, Issue 15184, 30 October 1913, Page 11

A Clever Invention.
 What the Phonograph is to the ear in the domestic circle, Edison's Kinetoscope is likely to become to the eye. Mr Havelock Williams has obtained the agency for these miniature biograph machines, and when he gave in the narrow limits of his shop window, a "demonstration" on Saturday evening, the footpath was blocked by an eager and admiring crowd. It is a wonderful little machine, worthy of Edison's genius. The whole apparatus can be easily carried under the arm, yet it will produce a picture 10ft by 8ft. In the demonstration the picture on the screen could have been measured in inches and if enlarged to feet would not have been so bright and clear, but as shown the picture were large enough to be well seen, by a considerable number of people.

The film pictures are surprisingly small — three rows of them with spares between, on a film of ordinary width, of course they are much shorter than a picture-house film, shorter in subject, and shorter for the subject, the pictures being so minute. So that a "reel" is less than three inches in diameter.

The demonstration proved that the Kinetoscope is a practicable instrument, and with a system of "reel-exchange" to lessen the running cost, it seems likely to have a career. Mr Williams used an electric light, with a miniature arc light but other lights can be used.
Timaru Herald, Volume XCVIII, Issue 15212, 2 December 1913, Page 4

Masters Arthur and Wallace Williams, sons of Mr Havelock Williams, entertained about twenty of their young friends at a moving picture entertainment in the father's studio last Friday evening.
Timaru Herald, Volume C, Issue 15313, 4 April 1914, Page 3

THE GRAND ... On Monday next the management intend screening as a special attraction a nature study of a nursery of sea-mews [birds]. This picture has been taken at the head of the Washdyke Lagoon by Mr Lock Williams.
Timaru Herald, Volume CIV, Issue 15872, 29 January 1916, Page 5

He [Councillor Murphy] would not advocate a big expenditure on the Bay [Caroline Bay] as the Council could not afford it, but necessities must be provided if the Bay was to hold its own against other resorts. He approved of the suggestion of Mr Lock Williams that the Council should subsidise the taking of some pictures of the Bay for exhibition on picture screens; it would be an excellent method of advertising the Bay.
Timaru Herald, Volume CVI, Issue 16194, 13 February 1917, Page 9

That the Council accept Mr H. Williams's offer for advertising Timaru by means of pictures to be approved of by the committee, cost not to exceed £20.
Timaru Herald, Volume CVI, Issue 16217, 13 March 1917, Page 3

THE GRAND. The Grand Trio played a special overture last night, and the large audience loudly applauded this very fine selection. The first picture shown was a local picture, taken by the manager of the Grand, Mr H. Williams, and showed scenes connected with the visit of the hospital ship Marama on Friday last. The photography is wonderfully good and clear, the happenings being shown very plainly. Among the many items shown are the High School Cadets, the nurses on board, and the crowd on the wharf. Many people in the audience easily recognised themselves in the crowd. A very good Gazette, dealing chiefly with the war, was next screened, and was followed, by another Metro Travelogue ...
Timaru Herald, Volume CVI, Issue 16217, 13 March 1917, Page 5

At Mr F. Nash's (who has kindly lent his window for the purpose), a very fine display of photographs may be seen. These photographs are from the studio of Mr Havelock Williams, and they present a very graphic illustration of the spectacular reveille to be given at Waimate on Monday night next ...
Timaru Herald, Volume CVIII, Issue 16960, 21 October 1919, Page 2

 Timaru Herald, Volume CVIII, Issue 17002, 12 December 1919, Page 4

 Timaru Herald, Volume CVIII, Issue 170147, 20 February 1920, Page 1

The vestibule of the Art Exhibition contains some really artistic studies showing views of the West Coast, Mount Cook, and the Southern Alps and various other beauty spots of the South Island.

These are the work of Mr Havelock Williams, and are samples of art colour and photographic production that will afford many of the pleasures of the superb paintings in oils with a trueness to life which only great masters can give to the canvas.

In the Mount Cook district there is a fine view of a kea standing on the slopes of a glacier; a clear, vibrant picture of Mount Cook itself, with its atmosphere still and silence-conveying, with its eternal snows glistening in a summer suset (sic). The Hockstetter ice running into the Tasman Glacier is also shown; a high-country musterer is seen standing with a contemplative gaze on the Sealey (sic) Range, and Malte Brun and a Lake Tekapo sundown all give a panoramic idea of our high country.

A well-known M.P. is also on view walking behind a large flock towards the setting sun. Other views show Stewart Island, a pastoral study at Cave, the Buller Gorge, and the Cosmos, in the Dart Valley, on Routeburn, to Milford Sound.

There is also a good display of artistic portraiture, character being the predominant feature that the artist has tried for and has succeeded in depicting.
Timaru Herald, Volume 170, Issue 170217, 13 May 1920, Page 7

"a fine view of a kea standing on the slopes of a glacier; a clear, vibrant picture of Mount Cook itself, with its atmosphere still and silence-conveying, with its eternal snows glistening in a summer sunset"
 photograph courtesy of Diana Rhodes

Over Waiho Glacier.
Flight by Aeroplane

(By Telegraph - own Correspondent.) HOKITIKA. this day.
Captain Buckley, with an Avro aeroplane, who is here in connection with the Exhibition, flew South on Tuesday evening. He left Hokitika Beach at four o'clock for Waiho glacier, which was reached in an hour. His passengers were Dr.Terchelmann [sic] (Dr. Ebenezer Teichelmann), and Mr. Havelock Williams, of Timaru. The glacier was traversed by the flying machine and photographed, but the high mountains were too cloudy for photography. The aeroplane landed at Okarito Beach for the night. Yesterday the aeroplane had to be transported across the river to the north beach to secure a better taking-off ground.

This was safely accomplished on a punt and boats, and in the evening the aeroplane, with its party, returned to Hokitika, having done the trip in 45 minutes. The trip is described as the most enjoyable. The whole West Coast with mountains in the background, presented a wonderful sight. The varied character of the bush and lake scenery were quite enchanting as seen from the air.
Auckland Star, Volume LV, Issue 20, 24 January 1924, Page 7

In connexion [sic] with the Empire Exhibition, [British Empire Exhibition 1924-25] recently the Timaru representative of the "The Press" was given a private view of 36 pictures of the famous South Island beauty spots. These pictures are photographs, size 32in by 22in, artistically and naturally coloured, and are the work of Mr Havelock Williams, of Timaru.

Mr Williams has been engaged by the White Star Services, Ltd., to produce the pictures, and the company is lending them to the New Zealand Government for hanging at the Exhibition. They are flamed in gold, and have aroused a good deal of interest in art circles in Timaru. The pictures give a very comprehensive idea of South Island scenery, the glimpses are given of the Franz Josef Glacier, Mount Cook, Milford Sound, the West Coast, Akaroa, Westland, Nelson, and similar tourist haunts.

From an art point of view alone, the pictures will arouse great interest at the Exhibition, and the publicity value will be incalculable. The collection should have a widespread effect in advertising the claims of the South Island throughout the world. The collection will leave New Zealand next week by the last boat taking exhibits.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume XCIV, Issue 5171, 11 March 1924, Page 2


Agnes Elizabeth Scott  
born 10 April 1923 in Timaru, the daughter of David Copeland Scott and Sarah Elizabeth Gudsell.

Winners of 11 1/2 st. Canterbury Championship
Christchurch, 1928.
standing at back: P. Knowles.
front left to right: C. Knowles (Captain), P. Kerr, C. Knowles (Junr), S. Blue and E. Sprott. (not pictured T. Anglem)


  Mary Ethel Gudsell 
born 17 December 1891 in Christchurch, 
died 22 July 1982 in Timaru. 
Married David Copeland Scott in 1927.

  Georgina Isabel Henderson
daughter of John Henderson and Georgina Pearce of Leye’s Farm, Milford,
born 29 October 1906 Ashburton
died 13 November 1990 Christchurch
buried Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch, Block number: Lawn Plot number: 443

married 30 September 1936 Trinity Presbyterian Church, Temuka
James Ivan Nicholls Bolitho

With My Camera for Company: 
Adventures & Images of a Pioneering New Zealand Photographer
edited by Diana Rhodes
One hundred years ago, Havelock Williams bought an Underwood Studio Camera and set himself up as a professional photographer. Born in the North Island in 1884, Williams died in the North Island in 1968, but he spent about half a century as a South Island Cantabrian, and a husband, father, photographer and musician, in what his daughter and biographer Diana Rhodes often calls his first life. Her mother, her four siblings and she all belong to Havelock's second life, which began in the North Island at a point when most men are considering retirement. This is an unusual book, because it contains the fascinating stories from Havelock William's first life, written at the end of his second life. As an old man, he committed these stories to paper in the 1960s but they remained unattended until the 1990s. In the past 10 years Diana has edited, researched and illustrated them, more than one hundred years after the events in the first story took place. The stories are a mixture of personal reminiscence and New Zealand history, told by one who was not only there, but who recorded it with what he called the third optic his camera. He must have known that he had captured photographic images of so many of his stories, but it never occurred to him that the pictures could later be located, identified and used to illustrate them. Diana's undertaking to research, identify and bring the two dimensions together has resulted in a charming and compelling story illustrated with photographs that are in many cases the first of their kind taken in New Zealand, and which provide an extraordinary glimpse into the many realms Williams' camera took him, from theater to skies over more than fifty years.

McKESCH, Henry John

Henry John McKesch
born circa 1857
died circa 1923 New Zealand aged 66 years
registered 1923/10064 

Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume IV, Issue 159, 19 May 1908, Page 4

Mr H. McKesch, Drummond, secured a very good photograph of the President, Vice-president, members of committee, and judges of the Wallace A. and P. Association at the recent Show, and has them on sale at 2s per copy.
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume IV, Issue 188, 8 December 1908, Page 4

 Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XVIII, Issue 893, 22 August 1922, Page 3

Band of 2nd, South Canterbury, Regiment, Timaru.

back row: W. J. Annand, J. Burns, H. Osborne, J. Annand, W. H. Osborne, M. K. Mara, A. G. Carey, P. G. Tizard, P. V. Segar, A. Annand.
middle row: A. McDuff (Drum Major), W. Taylor, J. Lee, J. R. Mair, G. C. Head, J. H. Niles, G. Booth, C. E. Smith, J. A. Riley, T. E. Osborne, R. J. Kirk, H. Elgin.
front row: F. Brown, J. J. Colloins, H. L. Simson, J. McKennah (Sec.), A. Schnack (Conductor), R. B. Dephoff, T. McNatty, J. Allen, P. L. Collins, H. Round. Absent: J. Dephoff.

NZ Photo Co

The New Zealand Photographic Company
Queen Street

New Zealand Herald, Volume III, Issue 687, 26 January 1866, Page 1

MARTIN, Joshua

Joshua Martin



A very interesting address was given on May 14 to the Auckland Photographic Club, by Mr. Josiah Martin, illustrated by the optical lantern. The lecturer gave a humorous description of the innumerable difficulties which beset the early visitors to the Hot Lake district. His first visit had been paid in 1876, when the first difficulty to overcome was the rooted objection of the Maori to the camera in any form. Then the almost insuperable difficulty in getting the pure water needed for the wet-plate process — difficulties of light — difficulties with provisions — rendered the task of  the early photographer painfully uncertain.

Ten days unceasing rain added to troubles, and when at last good negatives were taken and developed the bottom of the plate box came out, and fragments strewed the ground. The lecturer gave his theory of the formation of the terraces, and explained the mode of silicious incrustation so characteristic of the scene. After the lecture a unanimous vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Martin, and notice given of the private exhibition of the club to be held from May 28 to June 4.

New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8259, 19 May 1890, Page 10

FREEMAN, Edward Henry

Edward Henry Freeman
later New Zealand Photographic Co.

 born 13 January 1869, Nelson, New Zealand, reg. 1869/22117 
son of Hannah Cross and Henry Augustus Freeman (carpenter)
bapt 7 March 1869, All Saint's, Nelson, New Zealand
died 26 February 1928 Cuba Street, Wellington aged 59 aged, reg. 1928/10925
buried 29 February 1928 Karori Cemetery, section CH ENG2, plot number 121 J.

Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 48, 1 March 1928, Page 16

Hannah Cross and Henry Augustus Freeman married 24 June 1868 at Christ Church, Nelson by the Rev. G. H. Johnstone, reg. 1868/8114. He was youngest son of the late Thomas Freeman and Hannah Cross was the second daughter of Thomas Cross of Lower Walmer, Kent, England. Hannah Freeman died 24 September 1928 at her residence 20 Rhodes Street, Wellington aged 69 years, buried 25 September 1928 Karori Cemetery, section CH ENG2, plot number 121 J. Henry Augustus Freeman was buried 4 September 1933 Karori Cemetery, section CH ENG2, plot number 121 J.

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue 185, 5 August 1886, Page 3

Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XX, Issue 192, 13 August 1886, Page 2
[this notice was repeated in the Nelson Evening Mail until 18 August 1886]

  Evening Post, Volume XXXV, Issue 102, 2 May 1888, Page 3

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand -
Wellington Provincial District
Freeman, Henry August, Builder and Contractor, Home Street, Wellington. Mr. Freeman's parents came from England in 1842 by the barque "London," and settled in Nelson. There Mr. Freeman served his apprenticeship to Mr. John Scott, and gained considerable experience in the trade. Afterwards he learnt boat-building under his father, Mr. Thomas Graham Freeman, who was a shipwright at Nelson, and the first to start shipbuilding at that place. In 1873 he went to Westport and commenced business as a shipbuilder, afterwards living in Reefton, in Westport, and in Nelson, and finally came to Wellington in 1889, where he has been in business up to the present time. Mr. Freeman has been in partnership for some months past with Mr. Charles Johnston, a builder of repute, under the style of Freeman and Johnston. Mr. Freeman was married in Nelson, and has eleven children - seven daughters and four sons - the eldest son being manager of the New Zealand Photographic Company.