Catherine Ovens

Maker and role
Photographer: Alfred Kingsford (b.1891, d.1987)
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Object Detail

Production place
Nelson/Nelson Region/New Zealand
Studio portrait of Sister Catherine Ovens, inscribed "The Broma Studio, Hardy St, Nelson". The print is undated but Sister Ovens graduated in June 1929 and this image is thought to be a graduation photograph.
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Media/materials description
Brown mount and stand. Black and white photographic print.
Image 105mm wide x 150mm high; mount 180mm w x 192mm h ; cardboard folding stand 137mm wide x 352mm long to point.
.1 - photographic print = Height x Width (mm) = 150 x 105mm
mount = Height x Width (mm) = 192 x 180mm
stand = Height x Width (mm) = 352 x 137mm
Maker biography
Reginald Kingsford MBE (1891-1987) and Hugh Kingsford (1926-2004).

Reg Kingsford worked for Rose Frank of the Tyree Studio from about 1912 and then served in the army during WWI.

When Reg returned to Nelson in 1919, he bought the photographic business, Broma Studio, from A B Hurst who in turn had bought it from William Brown. His son, Hugh Kingsford, joined the business in 1942, a period when film was scarce and glass plates were being phased out.

Hugh later went into partnership with Bob Baigent from c1968-1984 and this business was known as Kingsford & Baigent. These images are also in the Museum's care.


Major Alfred Reginald Kingsford (serial no. 3/864 and 12084).
Born in Kent, England in May 1891.
On the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database his next of kin is listed as Mrs A. Harris (mother), 14 Scott's Lane, Shortlands, Bromley, Kent, England.
Embarked with the 6th Reinforcements Medical Corps on 14 August 1915 from Wellington, New Zealand for Suez, Egypt.
First rank was Corporal.
Served for one year and three hundred and thirty two days in Egypt and Western Europe.
On 19 May 1917 Kingsford was discharged from the Medical Corps for a commission in the Royal Flying Corps.
Served during World War Two and was promoted several times during his service in both wars.
His final rank was Major.
Died on 11 April 1987 in Stoke.
Nurses and nursing
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Credit line
Catherine Ovens. Nelson Provincial Museum, Ovens Collection: NPM993.18.186.1

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