Organ, Mr

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Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
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Head and shoulders studio portrait of a man 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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Organ, Mr. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 93818

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Photo 93818 of the young soldier. Charles Thomas 'Tom' Organ (1888-1966) ..

- ngairedith

Posted on 12-01-2019 17:08:50

Possibly: Private Charles Thomas ORGAN (1888-1966) : NZEF Service # 15019 : Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, C. Company, 14th Reinforcements, NZEF. Born 17 October 1888 - at Takaka, Tasman District. Husband of Mrs Sarah Organ - of Tarakohe, Golden Bay, Tasman District. Prior to enlistment for war service Thomas Organ was employed as a Cement Worker - at the Tarakohe Cement Works, Tarakohe, Golden Bay. Charles Organ enlisted for war service - on 6 March 1916 - at Trentham Military Training Camp, Wellington. He was 27 years of age. At enlistment he was posted as a Private with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcements, NZEF. On 26 June 1916 Private Organ left New Zealand for overseas war service - with the 14th Reinforcements NZEF. On 22 August 1916 he disembarked - from his transport ship from New Zealand - at Devonport, England. Private Organ served at France & Belgium (1916-1917 & 1918). On 12 October 1917 Private Organ was wounded in action at Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium. On that one day - at Passchendaele - New Zealand suffered 2700 casualties. Private Organ was medically evacuated to England and admitted to Clapton Hospital - at England. He would later return to France - where he re-joined his Battalion in the field of action. On 19 December 1918 Private Organ left England - aboard SS 'Oxfordshire' - to return home to New Zealand. He arrived at New Zealand on 5 February 1919. Private Organ was discharged from the NZEF - on 9 March 1919. Charles Thomas Organ died - 30 October 1966 - at Titahi Bay, Porirua District, Wellington Region. For Private Charles Organ's full military record refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph :

- Jenifer Lemaire

Posted on 14-05-2017 07:02:44