Photograph; XCH.1589



About this object

This black and white photograph pictures a young girl playing with a dog on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour. The identity of the young girl is unknown, but it is likely she was a relative or friend of the Clendon family who lived at Clendon House.

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)

(1) eoffrey 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.

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New Zealand


10.6 x 8.2cm

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Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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