Captain Ernest James Fawcett (1892 - 1961)

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Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
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Head and shoulders studio portrait of Captain Ernest James Fawcett (serial no. 6/2894) in military uniform. Fawcett was born on 1 November 1892 in Nelson, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as William P. Fawcett (father), Tadmor, Nelson, New Zealand. Fawcett worked for himself as a farmer before enlisting for service during World War One. He enlisted from Tadmor, Nelson, New Zealand and embarked with the 7th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion on 9 October 1915 from Wellington, New Zealand for Suez, Egypt. Fawcett served for three years and one hundred and thirty days in Egypt and Western Europe. Fawcett is mentioned in 'The New Zealand Division 1916 - 1919: A Popular History Based on Official Records'. He was awarded the Military Cross medal for gallantry in the field. He is said to have shown conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading his men to a enemy strong point. His total disregard for personal danger was a great example to his men. Fawcett lost an arm during World War One but he survived the war and was discharged in England on 5 October 1918. In the 1950s Fawcett worked as the Director General of Agriculture. Fawcett died on 12 December 1961.
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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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Captain Ernest James Fawcett (1892 - 1961). Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 89982

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