Photograph [Mataura in 1871]; unknown photographer; 1871; MT2011.185.132

Name/Title

Photograph [Mataura in 1871]

About this object

Black and white photograph of Mataura in 1871 showing the town's first buildings and the suspension bridge which was built in 1868.

The buildings are from left to right: Thomas Smith (boot maker and saddler), Sale Yards, Post and Telegraph Office, Mrs Hamilton's private school, James Pollock's General Store, William Gardiner (blacksmith), James Pollock's accommodation house and stables. As at the date of this photograph, the only other building in Mataura was MacGibbon's original accommodation house, on the other side of the river, which was established in 1858.

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Maker

unknown photographer

Maker Role

Photographer

Date Made

1871

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in pencil on front: 'Mataura/1871/[there is also very faded, illegible writing along the bottom of the mount].
Handwritten on back in pencil: 'Mrs G [surname illegible], 192 Wyndham Rd Kana/Mataura/colonised/about 70/ [illegible initial] O.W.Crosbie [or Crombie]/ illegible word, St/Copy'.
Handwritten on back in black ink: 'Elsie Grant Pollock/Hope Street/Mataura'.
Handwritten on back in black ink: 'E Geary, Balclutha'
Handwritten on back in blue ink: 'E Geary, 152 Lewis St, Invercargill'.
[Incorrectly] dated on back in blue ink: 'Mataura 1860s'.

Technique

printed

Measurements

h 173mm x w 222 mm
small

Period

1870s

Format

photograph, black and white

Object Type

photograph

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura town

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura river

Subject and Association Keywords

mataura bridge

Subject and Association Keywords

business/commerce

Medium and Materials

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object number

MT2011.185.132

Copyright Licence  

Public Domain Public Domain

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