Photograph, Sinclair-Smith Wedding.; Unknown photographer; 1910; WY.0000.403


Photograph, Sinclair-Smith Wedding.

About this object

This is a wedding photograph of Donald Sinclair and Margaret Burnett Smith, taken in from of Tom Laurie's old house at Menzies Ferry in 1910.

Donald was born in Dunoon, Scotland and worked at sea until 1902, when he arrived in New Zealand. He first worked in Canterbury and subsequently on farms at Edendale and Mataura Island. In 1906, in partnership with John McLeary, he purchased a chaff-cutter, and bought 144 acres from Thomas Ayson. Margaret came from Mataura Island and after their marriage, the couple lived on the property purchased from Ayson. Later, they shifted to another house, which became the headquarters for their contracting business.

Sinclair Contracting remained in the family for over 100-years and in 2018 was sold into other hands. It is now operating in Wyndham under the name Three Rivers Contracting.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Menzies Ferry


Unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On reverse of card written in black ink on the top left hand corner:
Below that written in ink on a green sticker:
Beside this written in ink:
'Donald Sinclair's Wedding'
'(Tom Laurie's old house Menzies Ferry)'
To the right hand side of the mount written in ink on a square yellow sticker:
'85 in a circle - reduce to 126mm wide'
Written in ink on the lower right hand side:
'H. McLeary.'
'No. 1 R. D.'
Written in pencil on the lower right:


h 245 mm x w 304 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Events and Parades

Medium and Materials

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

Object number



Public Domain Public Domain

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