Mr Dickson

Maker and role
Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
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Head and shoulders studio portrait of a seated man in military uniform. The name written on the negative's wrapper reads 'Dixon, Mr' however on researching men named ‘Dixon’ and ‘Dickson’ on the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database it is believed the spelling on the wrapper is possibly incorrect and the man depicted on the negative is thought to be Stanley Alexander Dickson who is the only man on the Cenotaph Database who served with the Medical Corps named Dickson or Dixon.

Private Stanley Alexander Dickson (serial no. 70975) was born on 13 June 1890 in Nelson, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as Peter John Dickson (father), 2 Cambria Street, Nelson, New Zealand. Before enlisting for service during World War One Dickson worked as a clergyman for the Baptist Union N.S.W. He enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and embarked with the 38th Reinforcements New Zealand Medical Corps on 2 May 1918 from Wellington, New Zealand. He served for one year and three hundred and forty-four days in Western Europe. Dickson was discharged at the end of the war on 21 October 1919.
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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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Mr Dickson. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 95075

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