Photograph, William Osborne Closs McKay; Muir and Moodie; 1910-1920; WY.1994.10....


Photograph, William Osborne Closs McKay

About this object

This is a photograph of William Osborne Closs McKay, known as Ossie, who was the son of Robert Malcolm and Helen McKay.

Born 21 August, 1885, Ossie's parents and his uncle, David McKay, owned the R.M. McKay & Co General Store and Merchants which was on Balaclava Street, the main street of Wyndham. Established in 1879, Ossie took on the business when his father died in 1920.

Ossie died in 1939 and his children Robert Malcolm (Bob) and Sarah Marjory (Madge) took over the business.

As of January 2019, the McKay Family Store building remains on Balaclava Street, Wyndham with the company name still on it.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin


Muir and Moodie

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Yellow dot front lower right corner: '269'
White typewritten label on mount:
'William Osborne Closs McKay'
'son of Robert & Helen McKay'
'21-8-1885 - 5-1.1939'
'54 years'

Handwritten in pen on the back: 'WY 94.10'
"C P 13'
Yellow sticker '210'
In pencil: 'Photo (Sepia)'
'Wm McKay'
"H G Macbeth'
In ink:
'as it is 15x12'
'H Cook'


h 180 mm x w 130 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, photographic paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card

Object number


Copyright Licence  

Public Domain Public Domain

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