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Photograph; Gaze & Co.; c. 1910-1930s; XCH.1227

Photograph; Gaze & Co.; c. 1910-1930s; XCH.1227
Name/Title
Photograph
About this object
This black and white photograph pictures three children, two girls and a boy, who are dressed in their finest clothes. The identities of the three children are unknown, but it is probable that they had some connection to the Clendon family who lived at Clendon House. It is likely that this photograph was a family portrait which would have been sent to friends and family around New Zealand and overseas.

During the early twentieth century photographs were incredibly popular due to their inexpensiveness and reproducibility, and were taken primarily for distribution to friends and family. This was especially important in colonial societies, such as New Zealand, because photographs enabled people to maintain an emotional connection with relatives and friends living overseas and throughout New Zealand. (1)

(1) Geoffrey Batchen, ‘Dream of Ordinary Life: Cartes de visite and the bourgeois imagination,’ in Photography: Theoretical snapshots, edited by J. J. Long, Andrea Novel and Edward Welch (London: Routledge, 2009).

For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Maker Role
Photographer
Date Made
c. 1910-1930s
Medium and Materials
Paper
Inscription and Marks
'Gaze & Co.' is stamped on the lower right corner.
Measurements
13.3 x 8.2cm
Subject and Association Keywords
Girlhood
Credit Line
Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Photograph
Object number
XCH.1227

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Communication
Emotional connections
Family Portrait
Photography
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