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New Zealand and America

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3089C

Scope and Contents

An album containing mounted prints of various sizes showing scenic views in New Zealand and America. The prints are either captioned on the photographs, or have brief written captions beneath. Handwritten captions, as opposed to those written on the photographic negative, are enclosed in square brackets. The geographical locations of the prints break down thus:
1-2 Sydney
3-59 New Zealand
60 Honolulu
61-105 America and Canada

The album records the round-the-world trip of R. Elsy. This probably took place around 1885: while many of the photographs were taken at an earlier date, it is certain that the album itself was not compiled before 1883. Of an earlier date, probably, are the fine pictures by W.H. Jackson, who was photographing in the Rocky Mountains in 1875. From 1870-78 he was employed by the Government illustrating Geological Surveys, and formed his own company in 1879 to promote the sale of his pictures. Many of the plates by him in this album bear his company signature 'W.H. Jackson and Co. Denver', indicating pictures that, while taken at an earlier date, were sold after 1879. Other photographers whose work appears in this collection are the Burton Brothers of Dunedin, Taber of San Francisco, George Fiske, and the Mormon photographer G.R. Savage.


  • Creation: 1885


Conditions Governing Access

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1 album(s) (105 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The condition of the prints varies considerably; many of the New Zealand prints are very stained and faded, while the American prints are generally in excellent condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Australasia, fiche numbers 80-82.

Related Materials

See Y3022L, 'India and Ceylon', for an album of 156 photographs of those countries also collected by Elsy.


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Elsy, R, fl 1880-1889

Includes index.
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