Henry Elis Leopold Brusewitz

Date of birth
1855
Date of death
1922
Place Of birth
Biography
Henry Elis Brusewitz (1855-1922): a small but memorable collection.
Swedish-born Brusewitz was naturalised in New Zealand in 1899. He worked in partnership with his wife, Alice, first in Waimea Street (now Rutherford Street) and then in Hardy Street from 1904.
Brusewitz photographed in Nelson from 1889-1912. He advertised himself as a landscape and portrait photographer, specialising in “developing, retouching and printing for amateurs.” He also imported photographic materials, supplied these to amateur photographers and also printed for them. Supplies were very difficult to obtain at this time.
Most of his glass-plate negatives were lost when their emulsion was scraped off and the glass re-used by a picture-framing firm in an adjacent premises.
The museum has a small but memorable collection of one hundred and sixty glass-plate images of mostly outdoor scenes and events in Nelson from 1889 to 1912.

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