Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Radcliffe's scenes

Sir George Grey Special Collections has a large collection of glass plate negatives of scenic views of New Zealand taken by Frederick George Radcliffe.

Ref: F G Radcliffe, Lake Kaniere, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R644
Radcliffe came to New Zealand from England in the early 1890s. Soon afterwards his wife, Kate, and their two daughters, Harriette and Olive, joined him at his farm 'Utopia' near Paparoa, on an inlet of the Kaipara Harbour.

Radcliffe's interest in photography grew and he quickly acquired a reputation as an exceptional scenic photographer. For twenty years he traveled the country taking photographs of small rural towns, large cities, rivers, gardens, buildings, beaches, wharves, forests, lakes and streets. From 1909, with the help of Kate and Olive, he operated a successful postcard business from his home in Whangarei. Radcliffe played the oboe, conducted local orchestras and was an active member of various music-related clubs in his community. He died at Onerahi, Whangarei, in 1923.

Ref: F G Radcliffe, Queen Street, Auckland, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R14
Below are some examples of Radcliffe's photography. These images are accessible via the Auckland Libraries' database Heritage Images. You can purchase copies of prints or digital files of the images from the website or by contacting the photograph collection librarians.

Ref: F G Radcliffe, Picton, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1110
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Ruamanga Falls, Whangarei, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1990
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Ohakune East, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1214
Ref: F G Radcliffe, St Clair's beach, Dunedin, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R455
Ref: F G Radcliffe, New Brighton, Christchurch, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R341
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Waiwera wharf, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1639
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Whangaroa Harbour, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1869
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Oriental Bay, Wellington, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1830
Ref: F G Radcliffe, public gardens, Invercargill, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R602
Ref: F G Radcliffe, High Street, Christchurch, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R330
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Ngaere gardens near Stratford, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R2176
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Marine Parade, Napier, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R759
Ref: F G Radcliffe, On the beach, at Sumner, Christchurch, Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 35-R349
Ref: F G Radcliffe, Ulva Island, Stewart Island, Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 35-R1403
There is an online exhibition showing a selection of Radcliffe's work. And if you want to look for biographical information about New Zealand photographers try exploring the Photographers database.

Author: Zoë Colling, Sir George Grey Special Collections

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