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Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
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Three quarter length studio portrait of five men, one in military uniform.
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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.

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Giblin. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 89959

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Brothers GIBLIN of Stoke, Nelson. Standing rear right - is Sapper Ernest Guy Giblin (1892-1916) - who was known as Guy Giblin. NZEF Service # 12032; Sapper, New Zealand Field Engineers, 2nd Field Company, 12th Reinforcements, NZEF. Guy was born 10 December 1892 - at Stoke, Nelson. He was the 2nd son, of 7 sons, of David & Phoebe (nee Taylor) Giblin - of Stoke, Nelson. Four Giblin brothers - and sons - served in World War 1: (1) Sapper Ernest (Guy) Giblin : NZEF Service # 12032 - died of wounds received at the Somme, Armentieres, France - 3 October 1916 - at No 1 (New Zealand) General Hospital, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England; (2) Sergeant Maurice Martin Giblin : NZEF Service # 24360; of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, NZEF. Maurice survived war service and returned to New Zealand in 1919; (3) Private Wilfred Robert Giblin : NZEF Service # 6/1538; of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, NZEF. Wilfred was wounded in action at Gallipoli, Turkey and he was invalided to New Zealand. Wilfred was discharged from the NZEF on 14 February 1916. Wilfred died - 30 June 1990 - at Nelson and; (4) Corporal Louis Hubert Giblin : NZEF Service # 30934; of the Auckland Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion NZEF. Louis also survived war service and returned to New Zealand in 1919. Prior to enlistment for war service Guy Giblin was employed as a Carpenter - at Richmond, Nelson. Guy Giblin enlisted for war service - with his friend from Stoke - Harold Bernard Jellyman (1894-1917) - on 11 January 1916 at Trentham Military Training Camp, Wellington. Both Guy & Harold were posted, at enlistment, as Sappers with the New Zealand Field Engineers, 12th Reinforcements, NZEF. Sappers Guy Giblin & Harold Jellyman left New Zealand - with the 12th Reinforcements NZEF - on 1 May 1916 - aboard HMNZ T51 'Ulimaroa' - from Port of Wellington. On 19 September 1916 Sapper Guy Giblin was wounded in the field by enemy (German) gun-fire whilst laying a railway line from Longueville to Delville Wood - in the Somme Sector, Armentieres, France. Sapper Giblin was medically evacuated from France to England - where on 3 October 1916 - he died, of wounds received in the field at the Somme, France - at the No 1 (New Zealand) General Hospital, Brockenhurst, Hamphire, England. Sapper Guy Giblin is buried at Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England (Grave ref: Plot A; Row 5; Grave 6). Sapper Guy Giblin is remembered, with his friend Sapper Harold B. Jellyman, on the Stoke War Memorial Gates (1914-1918) - at Stoke, Nelson. Seated front - far right is Private Wilfred Robert Giblin : Service # 6/1538. For a biography of Sappers Guy Giblin and Harold B. Jellyman refer to their separate profiles on 'Ernest Guy Giblin' and ' Harold B. Jellyman' : : (H. Baxter; 2014) For the full military records of Sapper Guy Giblin; Sergeant Maurice Giblin; Private Wilfred Giblin; Corporal Louis Giblin - and also Sapper Harold B. Jellyman - refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph :

- Jenifer

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