Chaplain Class IV (Captain) Charles James Hamilton Dobson (1886 - 1930)

Maker and role
Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
Production date
Circa 1914
Photo collection reference number
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Object Detail

Head and shoulders studio portrait of Chaplain Class IV (Captain) Charles James Hamilton Dobson (Serial No. 9/633) in military uniform. Dobson was born on 25 November 1886 in Westport, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as John Howard Dobson, Alexandra South, Otago, New Zealand. Dobson enlisted for service during World War One from the Diocesan Office, Nelson, New Zealand. He embarked from Port Chalmers, New Zealand for Wellington, New Zealand. From Wellington Dobson joined the Main Body and embarked with the New Zealand Chaplains' Department, Otago Mounted Rifles on 16 October 1914 for Egypt. Dobson served for five years and one hundred and fifty-five days in Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Europe. Dobson survived the war and was discharged on 3 February 1920. Dobson died on 6 May 1930 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Object type
Half plate.
World War, 1914-1918
Maker biography
Tyree Studio: early promoters of the Nelson image.

The museum is best known for the Tyree Studio Collection (1882-1947) of approximately 105,000 images of studio portraits, civic occasions and scenic views. This collection has been in the care of the museum since 1974 and also includes negatives, from other photographers, bought by the Tyree Studio.

The Tyree brothers were well-placed to take advantage of new photographic technology and put it to use taking scenic photographs around the region.

William and Frederick Tyree came to New Zealand from England with their parents in 1871.

The brothers were involved in gold exploration and engineering in Queenstown. They later moved to Nelson, and in 1878 began a photographic business in Trafalgar Street.

The Tyrees acted as early advocates for Nelson as a tourist destination and by 1895, William had expanded the business again to include tourist promotional images. He left for Sydney and continued to work as an inventor from c1910. Fred established a studio in Golden Bay. He was also a farmer and ran the Collingwood Hotel at various times.

Although the brothers had established and developed the Tyree Studio, for the majority of its years it was run by Rosaline (Rose) Margaret Frank (1864-1954) who started work with them at the age of twenty one. Rose Frank became the central figure in the Tyree Studio, managing the business for fifty two years, owning it from 1914.

World War, 1914-1918
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Chaplain Class IV (Captain) Charles James Hamilton Dobson (1886 - 1930). Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 84132

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