Photograph; 1900-1910; XCH.1555



About this object

This black and white photograph pictures a young girl playing on a rocking horse in the garden of Clendon House. The identity of the young girl is unknown, but it is likely that she was a relative or friend of the Clendon family.

During the early twentieth century photographs were incredibly popular due to their inexpensiveness and reproducibility, and were taken primarily for the 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)

This photograph is a modern copy made from the original.

(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.

Place Made

Rawene, Northland, New Zealand

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10.6 x 8.2cm

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Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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