Tapawera Military Camp

Maker and role
Photographer: F N Jones (b.1881, d.1962)
Production date
Apr 1914
Photo collection reference number
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Object Detail

Large group, mixed in the military camp at Tapawera, Nelson in April 1914. Numerous tents can be seen with a fire burning in the foreground, hills can be seen in the background. The print is mounted on light grey card.
Object type
Media/materials description
Photographic print, cardboard mount
Media and materials
image 152 x 209, mount 256 x 306
Print = Height x Width (mm) = 152 x 209mm
Mount = Height x Width (mm) = 256 x 306mm
World War, 1914-1918
Maker biography
Frederick Nelson (Pompy) Jones (1881-1962): Nelson entertainer and entrepreneur.

Acknowledged as one of New Zealand's first photojournalists, Jones was nicknamed Pompy as his father had been.

In 1904, he sold 1, 500 prints from the three glass plate negatives he took of the burning of Nelson College. After this, his photography business flourished and he was able to buy land and start a studio.

Jones recorded many Nelson events and made a major contribution to the breadth of the photographic collection, making it unrivalled as a record of a community. He was often seen on a three-legged ladder used to take photographs from above the crowds.

Photography was just one part of Jones's interesting entrepreneurial activities. He was also a saddler, an inventor, mechanical musical box collector, amusement park owner, show organizer and owned several monkeys!

In 1921, Jones opened Coney Park in Haven Road, with music organs, merry-go-rounds, miniature train rides and other attractions.

When Jones retired in 1933, he began to build Pixietown, animated scenes with wooden, handmade pixies. Pixietown was first shown at Trathen's shop in Trafalgar Street and others were later staged in Australia, England and America. Pixietowns are remembered by many as large department store attractions. In the downstairs exhibition in the museum you can see an example of his workmanship.

The museum has approximately 5,000 of his images and a further 5,000-8,000 images are held at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

World War, 1914-1918
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Credit line
Tapawera Military Camp. April 1914. Photograph by F N Jones. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: 290162.

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