Photograph [Mr and Mrs Dave Wright]; [?]; early 20th century; CT85.1701b


Photograph [Mr and Mrs Dave Wright]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white studio portrait of David Renwick Wright and Annie Elizabeth Orr Lothian on their wedding day in 1925. Dave Wright ran the Houipapa store until 1946.

The Wright family was one of the first to settle in Houipapa. The initial settlement, c1890, was on a government scheme called the Village Homestead Settlement in which settlers leased sections. They were required to clear and farm their sections, supplementing their income with labour on the roads, railway or in sawmills. The settlers had little capital and some say if it weren't for the native birds and the river and lake fish these settlers could not have stuck it out. The area was swampy and even in the 1920s only partially developed, remote and surrounded by bush (Tyrell, A.R. 2001 Catlins Pioneering).

The original photograph has been digitised. A digital image and copy print are available for research access.

Place Made




Date Made

early 20th century

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on reverse: 'Dave Wright / Late Houipapa / He ran the grocery store / till about 1946 at Houipapa' and 'Dave Wrights Father had the store before / 19-'



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Subject and Association Keywords

commerce, business, retail trade

Subject and Association Keywords

the family, marriage, home

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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