Early Photos of New Zealand and Australia

Set of 41 early New Zealand photos taken by one of the earliest and most famous photography ateliers in New Zealand: Wheeler and Son.

Based out of Christchurch, New Zealand, Edmund Wheeler was a British migrant to the antipodes. He had already been a photographer for some time before arriving in NZ in 1863 with his son Edmund Richard Wheeler. The two operated one of the first photography studios in New Zealand and took pictures of the growing colony and neighbouring Australia.

Shown on our website are: 

1) Colombo St. Christchurch

2) Adelaide City Hall 

3) King William St. Adelaide 

4) Lyttleton Harbor


Edmund Wheeler and Son of Colombo St., Christchurch, New Zealand was one of the very early photography studios in the antipodean islands. Opening in 1863 or 1864 by Edmund Wheeler (1800-1877,) his fame increased upon taking and selling portraits of then Governor Sir G. F. Bowen. His son, Edmund Richard Wheeler (1842-1933,) assisted his father and ran the business after the senior Wheeler's passing. In 1894, the junior Wheeler published a two-volume album of New Zealand's landscape called "The Imperial Album of New Zealand Scenery.)


List of photographs from the complete set of 41, contact us to receive a file with all images by clicking HERE. 


1) With Canterbury Museum

2)  High & Colombo Sts., Christchurch

3) Adelaide government building

4) Adelaide Railway Station

5) King William St., Adelaide

6) Bank of South Adelaide

7) Lyttleton

8) High St., Christchurch

9) High St., Christchurch

10) Cashel St., Christchurch

11) Buildings, Christchurch

12) Canterbury College Museum, Christchurch

13)  Supreme Court on the Avon, Christchurch

14) Supreme Court, Christchurch

15) Bank of New Zealand, Christchurch

16) On the Avon, Christchurch

17) Supreme Court and Victoria St. Bridge, Christchurch

18) Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

19) Building, Christchurch

20) Agricultural College, Lincoln

21) Manawata Bridge

22) King William St., Adelaide

23) Church

24) Great Zig Zag

25) From botanical garden

26) Railroad tracks

27) Home, Adelaide

28) Wool Wagon, Cheviot

29) Mt. Victoria

30) Mt. Cook

31) Lambton Dury, Wellington

32) House of Representatives, Wellington

33) Rimutaka Incline, Wellington

34) St. Mary's Church, Wellington

35) Government Building, Wellington

36) Government House, Wellington

37) Government Residence, Wellington

38) Wellington

39) Wellington looking southeast

40) Government building and police station, Wellington

41) Supreme Court House, Wellington

Wheeler and Son
Early Photos of New Zealand and Australia
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Christchurch / ca.1870
240 x 170 mm.
G+ / Study images carefully
Product Price
Product Number
On Request