Nelson's Glass Plate Negative project is a window on the past

Nelson's Glass Plate Negative project is a window on the past

Fiona Terry

North & South Magazine, 11 October 2017

 Print from a glass plate negative of the Nelson Football Club. (Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection, 177867)

Print from a glass plate negative of the Nelson Football Club. (Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection, 177867)

Nelson’s Glass Plate Negative Project is providing a precious window on the past.

Gardening enthusiasts might have preferred it if William Tyree hadn’t been so business savvy. While other photographers’ glass plates – used to make negatives in the early days of the craft – were sometimes repurposed as panes for greenhouses, canny Tyree kept his for later use.

With reprint requests providing ongoing income, he had a strongroom constructed to keep the fragile items safe from earthquakes and fire. Not only did his acumen benefit his own Nelson-based business, but the legacy he created – a collection of priceless glass-plate negatives dating back to 1860 – has helped document a visual history of New Zealand.

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