Mr Thorne

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

Full length studio portrait of a seated man in military uniform. Thought to be Private James Frederick Thorne (1894-1929) (serial number 6/1999). Thorne, a baker in Motueka, joined the 4th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, to serve during World War One. He embarked from Wellington to Egypt on 17 April 1915, and served in Egypt, Gallipoli, and Western Europe. His father G. Thorne, High Street, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand, is listed as his next of kin on the Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph database. Thorne survived the war and was discharged on 31 December 1918. He died on 27 July 1929 in Palmerston North Hospital, survived by his widow Mrs Silvia D. Thorne, Mako Mako Road, Weraroa, Levin.
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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Mr Thorne. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 87245

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