Charles Peet Dawes was born in Swadlincote, England in 1867, and came to New Zealand in 1879. By 1896 he had settled in Kohukohu, where he married Jessie Allen in 1901. He worked principally as a carrier, mailman and orchardist, but he also ran a photographic studio from at least 1901 to around 1925. He died in 1947.
The Dawes collection comprises numerous portraits of individuals (quite a few of whom are named), World War I soldiers, family groups, and social gatherings. There are also views of Kohukohu township at the turn of the century.
The full collection has been digitised and is available online through the Heritage Images database.
To whet your appetite, here are a few examples from the collection ...
|Ref: 1142-D171, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 1142-D460, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 1142-D26, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Author: Keith Giles, Photographic Collections Librarian, Sir George Grey Special Collections.