1906. 36 pairs of albumen stereo views, each ca. 8.5 x 15 cm (3 3/8 x 5 7/8 in.), mounted on original brown stiff cards. Each numbered, with photographer’s copyright and English caption in negative under each photograph, with “Copyright” blind stamp on each view, some with printed descriptions on verso. Housed in original publisher's black papered box ca. 6.5 x 18.5 x 10 cm (2 ½ x 7 ¼ x 4 in.) with printed title and studio label on lid. Box with some wear at extremities, but overall a very good collection with strong and sharp photographs.
This collection of 36 albumen stereoviews shows excellent views of iconic New Zealand landscapes, many showing travelers and mountaineers, that were compiled for the New Zealand International Exhibition. Three interesting photographs show a horse carriage travelling along the side of the cliffs near Buller’s Gorge, “illustrating the difficulties of road construction in this district.” “After the Scenery Preservation Act 1903 was passed, the upper and lower Buller gorges were two of the first areas to be designated scenic reserves. The Buller River is regarded as one of the outstanding wild rivers in New Zealand, and since 2001 has been protected by a water conservation order that bans changes to its natural quality, and to the level and flow of the river and many of its tributaries” (Te Ara). Four views were taken along the Milford Overland Track, which was used by the native Māori people for gathering and transporting valuable greenstone, became a tourist route in the late 19th century, and was purchased by the government in 1901 (Wikipedia), including McKinnon’s Pass (discovered in 1888), Lake Te Anu and the Clinton river. There are six views of Milford Sound and five views of mountaineering and glaciers in Mt Cook district (first ascent in 1894). Also interesting is a photograph of “Sophia’s Whare, Wairoa, destroyed in Tarawera eruption of 1886, with a local guide in front.” Additionally, there are two views of the Lennox falls and Rees valley, two views of the Pipiriki cascades, and two views of Queenstown next to Lake Wakatipu. Other photographs show geysers and coastal views. Overall, an excellent collection of strong interesting views of New Zealand.
“The New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opened 1 November 1906 in Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nearly two million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra(conducted by Alfred Hill), and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band. The exhibition closed on 15 April 1907 and the remaining buildings had been removed by the end of August 1907.” (Wikipedia)
“As a teenager, George Rose worked in his father's shoe store in a Melbourne suburb while he studied photography. In 1880 at the age of 19, he founded the Rose Stereograph Company. During his career, he is said to have taken about 9,000 stereographs in at least 38 countries as well as Australia. Besides the main office in Melbourne, Rose Great War stereoviews listed offices in Sydney, New South Wales; Wellington, New Zealand; and London.” (Great War in 3D).
Price: $650.00 USD