Photograph [Balneaves Family Portrait celebrating Golden Wedding Anniversary]; M...
Photograph [Balneaves Family Portrait celebrating Golden Wedding Anniversary]About this object
A black and white portrait of members of the Balneaves family, on the occasion of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Andrew and his wife Jane (nee Rankin).
The wedding took place in 1881, so the Golden Wedding Anniversary was celebrated in 1931.
According to the book 'Mataura: City of the Falls' (pg. 61), Andrew Balneaves arrived in Mataura in 1878 (he was originally from Scotland), becoming a prominent member of the town. He first ran a butchery & bakery business before working for John MacGibbon & Sons for 48 years. He became a member of the Mataura Town Board, then a councillor and mayor from 1909 to 1912.
He was an elder in the Mataura Presbyterian Church, and also became a member of several local clubs:
Defence Rifle Club
1931Inscription and Marks
Stamped into bottom left-hand corner of photograph are the photographers details: 'THE MORA STUDIO, / GORE N.Z.'
Handwritten in blue pen on reverse of photograph: 'Balneaves family on occasion / of Golden Wedding'
h 83mm x w 133mm
photograph, black and whiteObject Type
processed material, paperCredit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object number