Topic: Emily Surtees Photographic Collection by Debbie McCauley

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Emily Charlotte Sophia Surtees (née Stewart) was the eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Torrens Stewart (née Miller). She was born in 1857, possibly at Lisbeg House, County Tyrone, Ireland. Emily was a rare breed, a woman photographer in a male dominated profession.

 

Emily Surtees' Photographic Collection - portraitsEmily arrived in New Zealand on board the Lady Jocelyn on 17 August 1878 with her father, George Vesey Stewart; grandparents, Captain Mervyn and Frances Stewart (née Vesey); her Aunt Adela and Uncle Hugh Stewart, their son Mervyn, and various other family members. Whilst on board the Lady Jocelyn there was a big party for her 21st birthday. She also met her future husband, Richard Surtees, during the voyage. He was the brother of Louisa Surtees who travelled as a companion to Adela Stewart. Richard and Louisa's father was the Reverend Surtees who had married Adela and Hugh in Ireland.

Emily and Richard married at Mount Stewart, the home of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart, on 12 June 1879. They lived at Stanford which was situated on Surtees Road. A few years ago the council renamed the road Hikurangi, apparently not believing that the name Surtees was relevant to the history of the Katikati area. Emily, Richard and family moved to England in 1886, but returned to Katikati to live in 1904.

In around 1898-1900 Emily made visits to Katikati and photographed many of the early settlers living there as well as the local points of interest. She took her plates with her back to England in around 1900. On her way home Emily passed through the tropics and unfortunately, due to the humidity, some of the plates sustained damage.

When Emily arrived home she developed the plates herself using her own equipment and printed the photographs. The collection was mounted in a photograph album and Emily made notes throughout as to who the people and places were, also including the dates the photographs were taken. 

The album was passed down to Emily’s granddaughter Elizabeth Smith. Katikati historian Ellen McCormack’s family were friends with the Smith/Surtees family. Ellen had occasion to write to the family about a photograph she uncovered that showed members from both families together. When Elizabeth replied she not only mentioned Emily’s photograph album, but also included two scanned pages to see if Ellen was interested in the photographs. Ellen immediately realised the value of the collection. The result was over 300 photographs which had never been seen before, a treasure trove of Katikati history. The Emily Surtees’ Photographic collection is undeniably the most important discovery in recent times towards the history of the European Katikati settlers. This is the history of the Emily Surtees Photographic Collection.

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Emily Surtees Photographic Collection

Other well known local photographers include:

This index to the collection was prepared by Ellen McCormack:

Card 1

  • 01.Mr &Mrs Honeyman.[near Marton] July /98 [1898]
  • 02.Mr.Honeyman’s from the hills.
  • 03 Small photo. Man and two children unnamed.
  • 04.Maori House [Te Aroha written in pencil]
  • 05.Small photo. Elsie & George Stewart. [Children of John Rowley Miller Stewart, [son of G.V.S .& Margaret] & wife Ellen Furness]
  • 06.A Bay at Mt.Stewart. [Home of G.V.S.Kauri Point, leased land for 100 years, then returned to Maori ownership.]
  • 07. Mt Stewart from the Beach.

Card 2.

  • 01. Mrs Gledstanes House. [Sister to G.V.S. House named Twickenham]  02. Mrs.Gledstanes, Miss Dibble, Mrs B.or D.Stewart        
  • 03. New Hotel Kati Kati. Mr.Shepherd’s.
  • 04. Road ? Uretara, Hotel.[This photo shows a straight road north from the hotel and poles and lines to the right of the road.]
  • 05. River K.K. [Uretara River ]

Card 3.

  • 01.Ferns.
  • 02.Mr. G? Gledstanes from Tennis Court.
  • 03.Talisman Hotel
  • 04 & 05 Uretara [River]

Card 4. [Katikati Cemetery headstones.]

  • 01.George Vesey Stewart Junior. Drowned off  Kati Kati Heads 23rd July 1892. [Son of G.V. and Margaret Stewart] [Also drowned. George’s brother in law Francis [Frank] Losh Anderson and Robert Irwin.]
  • 02.Mary Hannah Tuthill  wife of William Tuthill
  • 03 Stoddard and Wahab [part photos of headstones only]
  • 04.Mervyn Stewart. [His portrait is at Athenree Homestead.] [Headstone has hand inscribed, also Fanny his wife] [Father of G.V, Hugh and Mary in N.Z.]
  • 05.Stoddard. [There were three Stoddard’s in K.K. 2 brothers and their    nephew.]

Card 5. Fincoul

  • 01,02, 03, 04 & 05. Mr.M.A.Stewarts. Kati Kati,  Bathing Pool, Avenue & house.1899.[Mervyn Archdale Stewart , son of G.V.S  & Margaret.]

Card 6.

  • 01&02.Mrs.Fred Swindley January 1899 [nee Stoddard.]
  • 03.Mr. Tuthill January /99.
  • 04.Mary & Mr.Tuthill  January /99 [daughter and father]
  • 05.Mary Tuthill  [daughter of  William & the late Mary]

Card 7.

  • 01.02.Mr&Mrs.Buckworth&family.Dec.1898.Molly, Mrs B. Jack, George, Mr.B.
  • 03. Mr Fred- ick ? Robinson Dec.1898. [on horse]
  • 04. The Junction Hotel . Mr Buckworth’s  [It was near the corner of  Springs Road and the Main highway.]
  • 05. Kati Kati Road from Uretara & near Mr.Buckworths

Card 8. [These photos could have been taken be at Bowentown, or Katikati heads as there was a telegraph station and boarding house there.]

  • Maoris 1899.  Maori Carved House. [probably Otawhiwhi Marae ]

Card 9.

  • 01.& 02.Euphemia & Friend 1899. This is probably the same Euphemia who Adela Stewart mentions in her book. ]
  • 03.Mrs Alf Faulkner  [and family]
  • 04.Euphemia Jones 1899.
  • 05. Faulkner family.[and family]
  • 06. Mrs Alf Faulkner, Euphemia.[&others ]
  • 07. Tutituk Island. Maori Burial Ground.[This is Tutitaka Island off the end of Marshall’s Road near the Te Rere atu kahia Marae

Card 10.

  • 01 & 02.Capt & Mrs Stewart & Mervyn 1899.
  • 03 & 04 Athenree & flower garden & Bay window
  • 05.Athenree House March /99

Card 11.

  • 01.& 02.Road & back Avenue.Athenree
  • 03, 04 & 05. Part of garden Athenree .River & ? bridge at end, Barn & river,  Athenree.

Card 12.

  • 01 & 02. Athenree .
  • 03.Angela & Nina Sterwart.Feb.1899.[children of Michael Patrick & Frances Stewart.nee Stewart daughter of G.V and Margaret] 
  • 04.& 05. Ferns. Athenree

Card 13.

  • 01.Athenree & Euphemia.
  • 01.Athenre.
  • 03.Katikati Heads in distance 1899.
  • 04 & 05 Bush. Athenree

Card.14.

  • 01.Kathleen, Isabel &Walter Johnston 1899
  • 02.Kathleen, Mrs Hazard, Isabel & Walter Johnston [children Of Canon and Mrs. Johnston.]
  • 03.Hillside House.[The home of Canon& Mrs Johnston neighbours to Hugh & Adela Stewart. Athenree]
  • 04.& 05.Avenue & tree at Hillside .

Card 15.

  • 01.Mrs Murry [Murray] Clare,Kathleen,Molly Wright.
  • 02.Pyramid House.[Murray,s  previously owned by one of the Stoddard’s]
  • 03.Bishop Cowie. Primate of New Zealand.[Photo taken on the front verandah at Athenree Homestead]
  • 04.Mr.Roche&Mr.Barry.Manager of Martha Mine.Waihi [Background to photo suggests at Athenree]]
  • 05.1899 Miss Katie Moore Waihi. [Athenree Homestead beside the Summer House showing the steps up to a viewing platform.]

Card 16.

  • 01 & 02.Bessie Morris.  Athenree
  • 03.Mrs.George Morris. March 1899.[nee Evyleen Gledstanes daughter of Mary & Robert Gledstanes.]
  • 04.Mrs Morris & Bessie [Elizabeth]
  • 05.Mrs R.V.Surtees.1899.[Emily Surtees nee Stewart the photographer herself]

Card 17.

  • 01.Miss Lucas. Waihi.
  • 02.Mr.Jim Wrigley
  • 03.Christmas Party .Athenree.
  • 04.Mr.Millar.
  • 05.Mrs.Charlie Tuthills baby.
  • 06.Capt H. Stewart. [Owner of Athenree. Brother to G.V.S.]

Card 18.

  • 01 & 02.Dolly Stewart & Pharaoh.[horse]
  • 03.Geoge, Ethel, Mr M.A. Stewart, Mrs Stewart & Dolly. [Mervyn Archdale son of G.V. & Margaret and Phoebe Stewart nee Gledstanes,- Mervyn’s cousin.]
  • 04 & 05.Larkspur. Mr  Reynolds.

Card 19.

  • 01.Waiora Hot Springs  Kati Kati .[now Sapphire Springs]
  • 02.Cold Springs. [In the river below]
  • 03.Picnic Party Dec.1898.[Presumably at the Springs]
  • 04.Old Hotel. Kati Kati  [ On front of building Uretara Store ]
  • 05 River near Hot Springs K.K.

Card 20.

  • 01& 02.Christmas party /98 [1898]
  • 03.General Store Kati Kati .[Pioneer Store]
  • 04.Harvesting 1898.[Group of 8 men]
  • 05.Harvesting /98  [with horses & 7 people]

Card 21.

  • 01 & 02.Waitekohe . Mr M.P Stewart’s & Avenue
  • 03.George & Elsie Stewart [two of his children.]
  • 04.Mrs. Doughlas Stewart & gd? children Dec1898.
  • 05 Angela.Mrs Stewart & baby.
  • 06 & 07. Mr. M.P. Stewart’s. [ bush and gardens ] [Mr.M.P. Stewart  was Michael Patrick Stewart who married  Frances Stewart daughter of G.V. & Margaret Stewart.]

Card 22.

  • 01.Post Office etc Kati Kati.
  • 02.Mr & Mrs Charley McMillan [Charles & Ethel Macmillan and baby Urania [Ray],  by the river below their property McMillan Road.] [My great uncle and Aunt ]
  • 03.The Church .Kati Kati. [St Peters Anglican Church , Beach Road.]
  • 04 &05 Church inside .Font . [Not clear photos]

Card 23.

  • 01 & 02.Waihi Beach. Heads Kati Kati.
  • 03.Aongatete Bridge.
  • 04 & 05 Mrs Goodridge’s..& Mrs G’s Avenue.

Card 24.

  • 01 & 02 & 04 & 05.Levley. [Park Road.] Mr Ed.Gledstanes, Avenue.& Garden.
  • 03.Mary, Mrs Gledstanes, Kathleen, Mr.Gledstanes, Dumps & Helen.1899

Card 25.

  • 01.Mr. Lockingtons [house]
  • 02.[scene showing river with Mr.Lockington’s house in distance]
  • 03.Capt Donald McMillan [Monument with railing at Katikati Cemetery. [My Great Grandparents Donald & Maria’s graves.]
  • 04 & 05. Ferndale. Mr Readings & part of garden.[Later owned by my Grandparents Robert & Mabel Macmillan nee Hart.]

Card 26.

  • 01.Revd. W. Katterns.[house]
  • 02 Cabbage Trees.
  • 03. [Nothing recorded for this group of 9 males with bicyles, probably at Athenree  Homestead.]
  • 04.Miss Brown.
  • 05.Mr.A.W. Fisher.

Card 27.

  • 01& 02.Mr.Reynolds. [and dog ]
  • 03.Mr.J.Charlton.[and a child]
  • 04.Mr. Nick Robinson
  • 05.Mr. David Lundon.

Card 28. [All the photos on this card will be at Martray as G.V. lived there with Alice for the rest of his life, [after the death of his parents.]

  • 01.Harry, Hugh & Willie Stewart.[ Sons of G.V. & Margaret]
  • 02 Mrs. Stein [later G.V’s 2nd wife] H, H.& W.Stewart & Mrs R.V. Surtees,  [The photographer herself] 1899
  • 03.Do July 1899 [“ Do” meaning ditto, Hugh , Emily, Harry & Willy Stewart Four of the children of G.V.& Margaret.]
  • 04.Do Stewarts.[ The three Stewart men.]
  • 05. Mr.G.V.Stewart. gardening.

Card 29.

  • 01.Willy, Harry & Prince the dog
  • 02. H, Mrs R.V.S. & W..[Hugh or Harry, Emily& Willy]
  • 03.[Photo removed.]
  • 04.Reggie & Nora Stein [These two children belong to G.V.S. & Alice Haggerty / Stein?? ]
  • 05.[A very elegant lady but the name has unfortunately  been covered by tape.]

Card 30.

  • 01,02, 03, 04, & 05  Martray House [Kauri Point]  Front avenue, Garden side & gate .[Martray was built for G.V.s parents, Mervyn & Frances Stewart & they lived  there until they died]

Card 31.

  • 01.Martray B.H.Bay.[Martray Boat House Bay.]
  • 02.Bay & Fishing nets.
  • 03.Boat House Bay . Martray.
  • 04.& 05 Martray [trees] & Martray Bay.

Card 32.

  • 01 & 02. Mr& Mrs Parker & family.[ Teacher No.1. School. Kauri Point]
  • 03.Mr.Parkers house. 1900
  • 04.Mrs.Parker & Mrs Tanner [& 6 children]
  • 05.Parker Children[4 children]

Card 33

  • 01.Birdie & Sissy Stewart .
  • 02 H. Stewart’s children [Hugh]
  • 03,04,05 & 06.Do [Meaning all Hugh Stewart’s children.]
  • 07. Mr Parker & School House  [ School house = School building with Mr.Parker & 11 children outside the building. We believe this to be the only photo of the original No.1 school.]
  • 08.Mrs.J.Tanner & Mrs Parker.[with a child standing behind them.]

Card 34.

  • 01& 02 & 04. Mr &Mrs W.Taylor & Mr.Taylors House.
  • 03.unnamed man
  • 05 unnamed lady.
  • 06 & 07.Mrs Jenkinson & Donald McLean.1900 [Later Mrs McLean]

Card 35.

  • 01.Mrs Hamilton [no photo]
  • 02.Mary Ashfield
  • 03.Mrs Hamilton’s House
  • 04. Aongatete House
  • 05 Mr Adam Johnston’s [house.]

Card 36

  • 01,02 & 03. Revd Kattern’s Ostrich’s
  • 04.Nannie Canning. 1900
  • 05 Mrs McClung.

Card 37.

  • 01 & 02 & 03. Mr & Mrs Hoeing & House. [nee MacDonnell.Kauri Point]
  • 04 & 05.Castle Grace Kati Kati [Donald & Maria Macmillan. Kauri Point.]

Card 38.

  • 01 Edie, Florrie & Dolly Gledstanes 1900.[Caroline Edith, Mary Florence & Helen Louisa.]
  • 02.Grace & Douglas Andrews.
  • 03.Cecil Gledstanes & Daughters 1899. [01]
  • 04.Dolly Gledstanes.
  • 05.Florrie Gledstanes.

Card 39.

  • 01.Stanford River, Stanford Avenue & House & back [Surtees]
  • 02.C.Gledstanes etc 1900.[Cecil &Daughters]

Card 40.

  • 01 & 02 Bruce Killen& Willie Katterns .Picnic Party Thompson’s Track Kati Kati
  • 03. Grace Andrews.
  • 04 & 05 Twickenham [House]

Card 41.

  • 01 & 02.Mr & Mrs Buckworth, Tom, George, Molly & Jack
  • 03. Cecilia Stewart [Widow of G.V.S. junior drowned Katikati Heads 23/7/1892.]
  • 04 & 05. Erin,[Bubbles] Daisy & Georgie. [Children of Cecilia and G.V.S. Junior.]

Card 42.

  • 01,02 & 03. Mervyn J. Stewart [Son of Hugh & Adela]  & Charlie Gledstanes 1900.
  •  04 & 05.Mrs & Miss Louie Kettle.

Card 43.

  • 01 & 02. Post Office & House Athenree
  • 03.Capt & Mrs Hugh Stewart.1900
  • 04 & 05. [lady, not named, with gun ]

Card 44.

  • 01,02 & 03 Harry & Willie Stewart [Sons of G.V. & Margaret]
  • 04 & 05 Hugh Stewart. [Son Of G.V.& Margaret] & Tim the dog

Card 45.

  • 01, 02, 04 & 05.Reggie & Nora Stein 1900 .[Children of G.V. Stewart & Alice Haggerty /Stein.
  • 03. Cottage at Martray.

Card 46.

  • 01,02,03,&04.Mr & Mrs M.P. Stewart 1900. Michael Patrick Stewart &  Frances [Fanny] Daughter of G.V.& Margaret]
  • 05.Aloe  Tree N.Z.

Card 47.

  • 01 & 07 Angela & Nina Stewart
  • 02 & 06 Douglas & Toady Stewart  [George ]
  • 03 & 05 [cat,].
  • 04 Little Edith  Stewart

Card 48.

  • 01,03,04 & 05 H.[Hugh] Stewart’s children [son of G.V.& Margaret]
  • 02 Party at M.P.Stewarts.

Card 49.

  • 01,02,03& 04. Mr.M.A.Stewart & family.[Mervyn Archdale Stewart son of G.V. & Margaret married Phoebe Gledstanes - his cousin. [Children Ethel, George & Dolly.]

Card 50.

  • 01,04 & 05. Thompson’s Track through the bush.
  • 02 & 03. Mr & Mrs Ed. Gledstanes  & family 1900.[Mary, Phoebe,  Helen & Dorothy.]

Card 51.

  • Mr & Mrs Robert Hunter & family.Fairlight. [property name.]

Card 52.

  • 01, 02 ,04 & 05 Mt Stewart from beach and  Bay.[Ongare Point]
  • 03. Mt Stewart.1900.[ House & children in garden.. Cecilia Stewart and girls could be living there at this time].

Card 53.

  • 01 Mt Stewart .Nina & Toady Stewart wading. [Children of M.P.& Frances  Stewart],
  • 02,03,04& 05 Mt Stewart Cottage. Mt Stewart from hill & Mt Stewart bay.

Card 54.

  • 01 & 02, 04 & 05. Mrs A.M. Dumbleton & family 1900. [Daughter of G.V. & Margaret. children, Stanley, Buffie, Pearl, Gordon, Douglas & Violet.]
  • 03.E.C.S.Surtees 1898.[herself]

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Emily Surtees Photographic Collection by Debbie McCauley


Year:c.1899
First Names:Emily Charlotte Sophia
Last Name:Surtees
Date of Birth:Lisbeg House, County Tyrone
Place of Birth:Ireland
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