The photograph albums date from 1859 to the present day. Predictably, the subjects covered in the albums vary widely and include: tourist snaps, war time scenes, images of family, friends, animals, buildings, cities, landscapes, vehicles, forests, beaches, vessels, tangi/funerals, celebrations, parades, expeditions, council activities and royal visits. Some of the photograph albums have an entry on the Heritage Images database and only a selection of the images in the albums have been digitised.
|Ref: The inside cover and first page, with a drawing of the vessel Totara, 986-ALBUM-184 , Cecil Stickley, 1896.|
|Ref: A drawing of Mt Albert, 986-ALBUM-184 , Cecil Stickley, 1896.|
The images above are taken from a sketch book of drawings and watercolours, mainly of ships, flowers and views in the Auckland area, drawn by Cecil Stickley of Mount Roskill during a two month period in 1896. In February 1893, an article in the New Zealand Herald included the prize list from an Auckland Society of Arts exhibition. Stickley, a student at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, was awarded an honourable mention in the 'Shaded study of hands or feet, from the antique' category.
|Ref: Two images from 755-ALBUM-25, Josiah Martin, 1880s.|
|Ref: Pages from 305-ALBUM-109, 1880s-90s.|
Feel free to enquire about the photograph album collection at the Sir George Grey Special Collections reading room or by sending an email.
Author: Zoë Colling, Sir George Grey Special Collections