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Samuel Anstey collection

Identifier: Arch 0892

Scope and Contents

A collection of dry glass plate negatives, with some printed photographs from the negatives. The images are of boaters in canoes and rowboats from the Antigua Boat Sheds, Christchurch buildings and scenes, and some images of a North Island tour. Some photograph subjects are named in a handwritten caption on the plate but many are unidentified.

The plates record groups such as visiting theatrical companies (or, in one series, the Reefton Fire Brigade). Included are images of the theatrical companies of Harry Rickards, John Fuller, George Stephenson, Janet Waldorf, Van Biene, Mr Hawtrey, Percy Reginald Dix, Nance O’Neil, Lionel Robert Brough, Knight-Jeffries and Tom Pollard, Musgrove’s Grand Opera, and Christchurch Theatre Royal owner J.C. Williamson. Occasionally the theatre company subjects are identified by the production name, such as The Admirable Crichton, San Toy or Sherlock Holmes.

The plates cover a number of other subjects. There are images of the old Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury College, the Municipal Chambers, Provincial Council Chambers, the Canterbury Museum and St Barnabas Church, Christchurch dwellings, the Botanic Gardens, and the building of a new Antigua Bridge in 1902. North Island scenes include an unidentified house and family in Hamilton, The Spa near Lake Taupo, the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Glenalvon Private Hotel in Auckland and various other locations in Nelson, Napier and Auckland.


  • 1900-1949


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate negatives are fragile and are unable to be viewed, digital copies should be used for access.


6 wooden tray Boxes (c. 1095 Dry Glass Plate Negatives)

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Physical Location

Shelf TU I 3a, Tūranga, Tuakiri floor, ANZC Archives

Existence and Location of Copies

Some items from this collection have been digitised. See the external documents area for links to digitised records.

Condition Description

Glass plate negatives are fragile with some broken. The printed photographs are also fragile and should be handled with care, with most photographs glued on to card, originally part of a photo album.

Samuel Anstey collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Christchurch City Libraries Archives Collection Repository

60 Cathedral Square
Central City
Christchurch Canterbury 8011 New Zealand