Balck, 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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Balck, Mr. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 94184

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Lieutenant James Faulkner BALCK . Note on Surname/Family name : Also known as MURCOTT. NZEF Service # 8/3839 : Lieutenant, Otago Infantry Regiment, D. Company, 10th Reinforcements, NZEF. Born 6 January 1881 - at Hope, Nelson. Husband of Mrs Eva Louisa Balck : (Note on Military File : Married under "real name" Murcott). Prior to enlistment for war service James Balck was a Lamp-Lighter - employed by the Nelson City Council - at Nelson. James Balck enlisted for war service - on 13 October 1915 - at Trentham Military Training Camp, Wellington. He was 34 years of age. At enlistment he was posted as a Private with the Otago Infantry Regiment, 10th Reinforcements, NZEF. On 4 March 1916 Private Balck left New Zealand for overseas war service - with the 10th Reinforcements NZEF - aboard HMNZ Transport Ship either T47 'Willochra' or T48 'Tofua'. On 1 April 1916 Private Balck was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant - at Egypt. Lieutenant Balck served at Egypt (1916) and France (1916). On 13 April 1916 Lieutenant Balck embarked from Alexandria, Egypt - aboard HMT 'Kinfaun's Castle' - for war service at France. On 16 May 1916 Lieutenant Balck joined his Battalion - at France. On 19 September 1916 Lieutenant Balck was wounded in action - at the Somme, Armentieres, France. He was medically evacuated - on 4 October 1916 - by sea from France to England - aboard Hospital Ship HS 'Cambria'. At England he was admitted to the No 2 General Hospital - at London. The following year - on 12 January 1917 - Lieutenant Balck was invalided home to New Zealand - aboard SS 'Arawa'. On 9 May 1917 Lieutenant Balck reported for work duty at Trentham Military Training Camp, Wellington. The same year - on 1 November 1917 - Lieutenant Balck was discharged from the NZEF - as no longer physically fit for further war service. He had served overseas - with the NZEF - for 2 years & 21 days. For Lieutenant James Balck's full military record refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph :

- Jenifer Lemaire

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