Photograph, Edenglen, Dickie Homestead Tuturau; Unknown photographer; 1910-1920;...


Photograph, Edenglen, Dickie Homestead Tuturau

About this object

This is a photograph of 'Edenglen' which was the homestead of the Dickie family at Tuturau.

Alexander Dickie was born on the 4th March 1843, to Eliza and David Dickie, at 'Gainhill' Farm, Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland. He had thirteen siblings.

On leaving school he worked on his father's farm and at 17 years of age immigrated to New Zealand on board the 'Robert Henderson', arriving at Port Chalmers on the 13th September 1860. Two and a half years later his father and the family followed.

Alexander's employment was varied and included farmwork at Tairei, roadmaking, fencing and gold digging in Southland and for a time he worked with a survey party at Winton.

He arrived at Tuturau in 1866 with his old school friend and workmate, William Muir. Alexander acquired the property 'Edenglen' and resided there for 56 years.

At 25 years of age Alexander married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of William Young of Tuturau. The wedding took place on the 18th May 1869 at the Waiwera Schoolhouse, Warepa, South Otago. The officiating minister was Rev. John Waters, and on the same day and place he also conducted the marriage of Alexander's sister, Eliza to William Pryde. It was most likely to have been a double family wedding. Both couples celebrated their Golden Weddings, fifty years later in 1919.

Alexander and Elizabeth's ten children were all born at 'Edenglen', their names were, William, Eliza (Smith), David, Mabel (McMillan), Robert, Jean, Mary (Howie), Agnes (James), Margaret (Allan) and George (died aged 18 years).

Alexander took part in the affairs of the district. He was one of the first members of the Tuturau Road Board and in 1868 he took part in establishing the Tuturau Library. He was a member of the Tuturau School Committee from 1871 and served as Chairman for over 30 years. He was a Director of the Mataura Dairy Factory for 29 years and an Illuminated Address in the Mataura Museum's collection, attests to his continuous service, having been presented to him on retirement as a Director in 1916.

Alexander died on the 21st December 1922, aged 79 years, and Elizabeth died on the 3rd July 1942. They are buried in the Mataura Cemetery.

Their son William Alexander took over 'Edenglen' and with on-going improvements, the old farm buildings were demolished and replaced, and a new house was built in 1955.

Of interest is an intriguing and intricate hair sculpture which is held in the Wyndham Museum collection (as in the photograph WY.0000.486). It was crafted by Elizabeth Dickie using hair from women of the Tuturau district, and would have included hair from her six daughters. It is a beautiful example and made up of floral designs. In Victorian times these sculptures were often created as memorial work, or when someone had left, but Elizabeth created this hair work to enter in the Wyndham Show.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Tuturau


Unknown photographer

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Lower right hand corner written in ink on a yellow sticker:
On the reverse side on the upper left hand corner written in ink:
'WY 88 273'
Lower right hand corner written in pencil:
'Mrs W A Dickie'
Added in pencil:
'WY.1988.272.1' 'C'


h 250 mm x w 300 mm



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Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Medium and Materials

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

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Public Domain Public Domain

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