Tahuna Sunday School
Maker and role
Photographer: Ellis Dudgeon (b.1905, d.1979)
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According to the inscription on the reverse, pictured are: back row, left to right are: Mr Gwyn, Mark Graham, Jimmy Robb, Boy Brown, Cyril Gwyn, Robin Hoburn, Leslie Rogers, unknown, Graham Watt, Geoffrey Moore, Basil Galway, Cynthia [illegible], Jeanette and Valerie Rogers, Beverley Hendle, [illegible] Burns, Pam Holland, [illegible] Burns, Phyllis [illegible], Daphne Brown, Beth Patterson, Barbara Livingstone, Christina Graham, [illegible] Galway, Keitha, McArthur twin, Laurel Livingstone, Natalie Graham, Rosemary Saunderson, Meriann Burns, Lynne Galway, Pam Saunderson, Lynne Patchett, Helen Hoburn, Beth Robb, Marilyn Holland, McArthur twin, [illegible], Adrienne Douglas, [illegible], Donald Patterson, Ralph Douglas, Boy Brown, Glen Saunderson, Arthur Gwyn, Boy Moore, Kevyn Galway, Bobby Patchett
Born in Nelson and educated at Nelson College, Dudgeon became an award winning photographer. Among many awards he won the prestigious Emerson Medal for the picture of the year at the 1933 Paris International Salon of Photography.
His scenic shots were sought -after by editors and his extensive studio portraits are still treasured in many Nelson homes.
The advent of colour photography affected the demand for the hand-coloured images at which Dudgeon's studio was so skilled. However he continued to experiment with new ideas in his photography.
Dudgeon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of London and was Patron of the Nelson Photographic Society for many years.
The collection of 30,000 images covers the period 1930-1970s.
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