Maker and role
Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
Photo collection reference number
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The man seated on the right is believed to be Private Percy Edward Westrupp (serial no. 6/387). Percy Edward Westrupp was born on 16 April 1889 in Nelson, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as George Westrupp (father), 38 Haven Road, Nelson, New Zealand. Westrupp worked as a seaman before enlisting for service during World War One. He enlisted from 38 Haven Road, Nelson, New Zealand and joined the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. Westrupp embarked on 24 September 1914 from Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand for Wellington, New Zealand. From Wellington he joined the Main Body and embarked on 16 October 1914 for Egypt. He served for one year and three hundred and seventeen days in Egypt and Gallipoli. Westrupp was discharged on 30 June 1916 due to a bullet wound to his hand. On returning to New Zealand Westrupp married Ivy Hodgens on 21 April 1919. Westrupp died on 14 May 1952.
The third man is currently unidentified.
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.
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