Samuel Anstey collection

Theatre groups, boaters on the River Avon and Christchurch scenes A collection of images from dry glass plate negatives. The images are of boaters in canoes and rowboats from the Antigua Boat Sheds, Christchurch buildings and scenes, and some images of a North Island tour. Some photograph subjects are named in a handwritten caption on the plate but many are unidentified.

The creator of the plates is believed to be Samuel Anstey (1844 or 5-1919). In the early 1900s, Samuel Anstey, the Antigua Boat Sheds proprietor advertised in The Press that he had “70 well-built boats to choose from” and a “Photographic dark room for the use of visitors”.

Explore the Samuel Anstey collection in Canterbury Stories