Private Arthur Benjamin Ching (1895 - 1918)

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Photographer: Tyree Studio (estab. 1878, closed 1947)
Photo collection reference number
95158
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Head and shoulders studio portrait of Private Arthur Benjamin Ching (serial no. 21655) in military uniform. Ching was born on 26 November 1895 in Waimea West, the only son of John and Emily Ching, of Spring Grove, Nelson, New Zealand. On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as Mr John Ching (father), Spring Grove, Nelson, New Zealand. Ching worked as driver before enlisting for service during World War One. He embarked with the 16th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company on 21 August 1916 from Wellington, New Zealand for Plymouth, England. He served for two years in Western Europe. The last unit he served in was the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Ching was killed in action in Bapaume, France on 24 August 1918. He was aged twenty-three years old. Ching is buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas-de-Calais, France, grave reference III. H. 15.
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World War, 1914-1918
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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.

(http://www.museumnp.org.nz/photographic/photography.htm)
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World War, 1914-1918
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Private Arthur Benjamin Ching (1895 - 1918). Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 95158

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