Maker and role
Photographer: Theodor Bloch (b.1844, d.1935)
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Copy of a sketch of two sailing ships, "Wellington" and "March 1877" written along bottom edge
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Glass plate.
quarter plate
Maker biography
Theodor Thorlacius Bloch (1844-1935): soldier and adventurer.

Bloch, whose name is sometimes spelt Block, was born in Denmark where he was knighted for his role as a lieutenant in the 1864 war against Prussia and Austria. Bloch emigrated from Copenhagen to New Zealand in 1867 and fought in the New Zealand Wars.

He took over the management of Alexander Fletcher's studio in Nelson, The Nelson Photographic Room, in 1867.

From 1868 to 1872, in partnership with his future brother-in-law, William Brickell Gibbs, he operated Gibbs & Bloch in Trafalgar Street, Nelson. He moved to Australia c1880.

The museum has a collection of approximately 2,500 negatives and several hundred original prints taken by Bloch.

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