Photograph, Palmerston Street Riverton; McNeil, Stewart Leslie; 1924-1945; RI.P0...


Photograph, Palmerston Street Riverton

About this object

An unused black and white photo postcard by Riverton photographer S L McNeil. It shows Palmerston Street, with the photographer's own shop on the right and McKinnon's Garage on the left.

Stewart Leslie McNeil was a business man and talented photographer who lived and worked in Riverton. He managed Wesney's Emporium which had branches in Riverton and Otautau. We know that he began taking pictures sometime during his employment with Mr Wesney, as his photographs are mentioned in several newspaper articles of the time. The earliest mention is 1921 but we estimate his practice began some time earlier. He later traded under his own name, from 1924, taking over J Forsyth's store (next to Wesney's), which offered a bit of just about everything, photography included. He photographed and produced many postcard views of Riverton which he sold from his shop. Many group photos from this era also bear his signature.


McNeil, Stewart Leslie

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Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Inscription in white on lower front reads: 'Palmerston Street Riverton, SMcNeil Photo'.
Reverse stamped with: 'Real Photo Postcard'.


h 85 mm x w 140 mm



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Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Business and Retail

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, paper

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Public Domain Public Domain

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