Photograph, Edenglen, Tuturau; Greenwood, H.J; 1910-1920; WY.1988.273.2


Photograph, Edenglen, Tuturau

About this object

This is a photograph of the Dickie family homestead at Tuturau, 'Edenglen'. A few members of the Dickie family are also pictured, including three generations. Alexander Dickie stands second left (in bowler hat) and his wife Elizabeth in the centre (with bonnet).

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


Greenwood, H.J

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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On lower left hand corner of edge of photograph is the photographers stamp:
Lower hand corner written in blue ink on a yellow sticker:
Reverse side of card on the top left hand corner written in ink:
'WY 88 273'
On the lower part of photograph written in pencil:
'W A. Dickie'
Witten in ink on lower centre:
'Edenglen, Tuturau.'
Lower right hand corner added in pencil:
In ink beside this is written:


h 255 mm x w 305 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

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

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