Trooper John Hannen (1879-1915)

Maker and role
Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
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Object Detail

Full length studio portrait of John Hannen (serial number 7/206) in military uniform. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hannen, of Tadmor, Nelson, New Zealand. Hannen was employed as a labourer in Tadmor. He joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles as a Trooper during World War One and embarked on 24 September 1914 from Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand for Wellington, New Zealand. From Wellington Hannen joined the Main Body and embarked on 16 October 1914 for Egypt. Hannen was killed in action on either 6 or 7 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. He is remembered on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, at Gallipoli.
Object type
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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Trooper John Hannen (1879-1915). Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 85360

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Brother of Lance Corporal Steve Hannen (6/248), Canterbury Infantry Regiment - died of wounds 17 August 1918 - at Rouen, France.

- Jenifer Lemaire

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