First Women Photographers in NZ

Recently I had a chance meeting with a young man in a mens’ fashion boutique in Newmarket; Thomas Thew who told me his Great Grandmother was one of the first women photographers in New Zealand. I decided to do some research and discovered that his Grandmother and another  woman were indeed our first women photographers.

I believe Elizabeth Pullman started  practising as a photographer 6-8 years before Harriet Cobb. It doesn’t appear that these two women knew each other  however their stories have many similarities. This camera was similar to Harriet Cobbs precious camera   bought to NZ on the Lady Jocelyn.  It was a Dallmeyer made in London. Continue reading