Framed photograph, William and Amelia Paulin; Unknown photographer; 1880-1900; R...


Framed photograph, William and Amelia Paulin

About this object

A hand-coloured portrait of Mr William and Mrs Amelia Paulin (neé Dyke). The portraits have been printed together from two separate photographs, which was common practice. The Paulins were one of Riverton's earliest settler families. The first Paulins were Captain Howell's sister and her husband, who moved here from Australia at the urging of John Howell.

William was born in 1851 and lived to the grand age of 97. His obituaries appeared in the Lake Wakatipu Mail on 29 August 1946 and in the Evening Star on 17 September 1946. They record that he was the first white boy born at Riverton, was a nephew of the late Captains Howells and Stevens, founders of Riverton. His sister, Mrs James Stuck, was the first white girl born in Riverton. William was was engaged in mining and business in the Wakatipu district for many years.

He and Amelia married in Riverton in 1874 and had seven children.

Amelia Dyke was born on 12 November 1853 in Shifnal, Shropshire, England and died at Glenorchy on 31 August 1898, aged 44.

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Unknown photographer

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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

On a printed label glued to the front: 'WILLIAM PAULIN Mrs. Wm. PAULIN AMELIA nee Dykes'. Handwritten on the reverse in pencil: '4/12/36 WES Museum given by Mrs June Strong the Granddaughter'. Handwritten on the reverse in pen: 'MR & MRS WILLIAM PAULIN RIVERTON'. Handwritten on the reverse at the top: 'No 96/320'. On a yellow sticker: '99/6'.


h 400 mm x w 555x d 30 mm

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Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper
organic, processed material, paper, cardboard
organic, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, glass

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Public Domain Public Domain

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