Photograph, Robert and Ellen Foster and children; Oliver, J White; 1877; RI.P9.9...


Photograph, Robert and Ellen Foster and children

About this object

A black and white studio portrait of Robert and Ellen Foster and their children. Robert Foster came to New Zealand in 1862. He is credited as the founder of the Thornbury settlement, and named it after his wife's birthplace in Gloucestershire. Robert 'took part in many adventurous pioneering projects of the time' and was famous in the district as host of the Thornbury Hotel. Ellen died in 1904 and Robert in 1918 at 79 years. Three of their children survived them.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin


Oliver, J White

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Printed on front; 'J.Oliver White, Photo'
Printed on back; Photographed by J.Oliver White. Artist Photographer. Copies may be had on application.'
Printed on back; 'Mills, Dick & Co, Dunedin'
Stamped on back; Wallace Early Settlers, Museum, Riverton.'
Stamped on back; ' Early Settlers Assn. Riverton'
Handwritten on back; ' Mr. and Mrs. Foster + Family'
Handwritten on back; ' P9.92.116'
Yellow sticker on back; '98/3'


Mount h x 104 mm x w 63 mm
Image h x 92 mm x w 60 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

Object number


Copyright Licence  

Public Domain Public Domain

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