Photograph [Bews Macandrew Wedding Party]; Greenwood, H.J.; 1902; MT2011.185.254


Photograph [Bews Macandrew Wedding Party]

About this object

A black and white photograph celebrating the wedding of John Bews and Elizabeth Ann Legge Fordyce Macandrew in 1902. Elizabeth's father was William Macandrew who was the principal of the Mataura School from 1887 to 1911. Elizabeth also taught before marrying. The photo was taken in the yard of the Mataura School House, Glebe, which was then adjacent to the Mataura Presbyterian Church and Mataura School.

Only a few people have been identified:
2nd back row, -
far left, Bews, Jane (married a Knapp)
middle (with beard), Macandrew, William (father of the bride)
3rd row -
far left (lady in large hat holding child's hand) - Leask
lady with striped bodice - Moir, Maggie
flower girl - Bews, Ivy May (married a McEwan), sister of groom
bride - Macandrew, Elizabeth Anne Legge Fordyce (Nin)
groom - Bews, John

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura


Greenwood, H.J.

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Stamped in bottom left-hand corner of mounting: 'H. J. Greenwood.'

On reverse of mounting:
handwritten in blue pen - 'Maggie Moir / strippy bodice / Jane Bews / m / Knapp / Leask'
handwritten in pencil - 'Gt Uncle John & Nin - Norahs Mum & Dad / Ivy May flower girl / (her brother)'




h 190mm x w 240mm


photograph, black and white

Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

genealogy/personal and family names

Subject and Association Keywords


Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Credit Line

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

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Liz Hearn 13 Dec 2012 22:50 PM,UTC

John Bews was one of 10 children born to Samuel Leask Bews and Besty Clouston Bews. Siblings include James Bews, Betsy bews - married Mr Blackie, Mary Ann Leask Bews who marries Mr Nicholson, Louisa Bews who marries Mr Brownlie, Frasereena Bews and Ann Marwick Bews who remain single and Ivy May Bews who marries Mr Mc Ewan.
I have a copy of a photograph of Bestey with 9 of her children taken in 1938. It would be great to put these two photos together and see if we can identfy some other Bews' in the wedding photo.
They hail from Orkney, Stenness, from Milnquoy farm, in the far north of Scotland.
Samuel Bews' brother James Clouston Bews is my G G grandfather.
Samuel, Betsy and their oldest child Henrietta arrive in NZ to Dunedin on the Oamaru - on its maiden voyage in 1875.

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