Colourised photograph, Untitled [William Henry Cobley]; XTS.2974


Colourised photograph, Untitled [William Henry Cobley]

About this object

Colourised photograph, Untitled [William Henry Cobley]; a portrait of Mr William Henry Cobley, mounted in a wooden frame.

William Cobley (also known as Little Bill) made his fortune through his inclusion in the party that discovered the first payable find on the Thames Goldfield, in 1867. This was near the mouth of the Kuranui Creek and became known as the 'Shotover' claim. Cobley used some of his wealth to purchase 40 acres at the south end of Cheltenham, a suburb on Auckland’s North Shore, which he is credited with naming.

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Medium and Materials



35 x 27.5cm

Credit Line

Collection of Thames School of Mines, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Colourised photograph

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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Diana Markey 10 Mar 2019 23:49 PM,UTC

I just found out through geneology that I am the great-great grand daughter of William Henry Cobley.
I would like to know if you have any further information about him and his works.
I appreciate any assistance you can give me.

Thank you
Diana Stevens

louisa Cobley

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