The Mayor. C.J. Harley. Esq. Pinning the D.C.M. on Sergt. Barlow for Bravery. Nelson. N.Z. 27.06.1916.

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Photographer: F N Jones (b.1881, d.1962)
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27 Jun 1916
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Production place
Nelson/Nelson Region/New Zealand
Large crowd gathered on the Nelson Cathedral steps to witness DCM medal being awarded to Sergeant Barlow by Mayor Harley. Sergeant Barlow fought with distinction at Gallipoli in 1915.
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image 88 x 138.
0 - Whole = Height x Width (mm) = 88 x 140mm
World War 1; 1914 - 1918; First World War; awards; medals; bravery; steps; mayors; local government; hats; soldiers; war; brass bands; C J Harley; Sergeant Barlow; courage; Nelson Cathedral steps; DCM medal
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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The Mayor. C.J. Harley. Esq. pinning the D.C.M. on Sergt. Barlow for bravery. Nelson. 27 June 1916. Photograph by F N Jones. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: 287816.

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Sergeant Harry BARLOW DCM NZEF Service # 6/194; Sergeant, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, Main Body, NZEF. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for Acts of Gallantry & Devotion to Duty - on 15 July 1915 - at Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey (London Gazette; 6 September 1915). Born 25 December 1888 - at Manchester, England. Harry Barlow was the son of John Barlow - of Radeliffe, Manchester, England. Prior to enlistment for war service Harry Barlow was employed as a Miner - at Golden Bay, Tasman District. Harry Barlow enlisted for war service - on 17 August 1914 - at Nelson. He was 28 years of age. At enlistment Harry Barlow was posted as a Private with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, Main Body, NZEF. On 16 October 1914 Private Harry Barlow left New Zealand for overseas war service - with the Main Body NZEF - aboard HMNZ transport ship T11 'Athenic' - from Port of Wellington. Private Barlow served at Egypt & Gallipoli, Turkey. During his war service he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Barlow was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for Acts of Gallantry & Devotion to Duty - on 15 July 1915 - at Gallipoli, Turkey. Sergeant Barlow was medically evacuated (sick) from Gallipoli to England. He was later invalided to New Zealand aboard SS 'Rotorua' - which left England on 1 September 1915 and arrived at New Zealand on 3 February 1916. He was discharged from the NZEF on 16 March 1916. For Sergeant Harry Barlow DCM full military record refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph :

- Jenifer Lemaire

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