Shipping in the South Island
David Alexander De Maus (1847-1925) arrived in New Zealand by the 'Caribou' in 1867. He set up a photography business at 62 George Street, Port Chalmers.

De Maus was also popular entertainer, writing and performing his own satirical songs. He served four terms as Mayor of Port Chalmers and was involved in many community endeavours.

These photographs were taken or collected by De Maus between about 1875-1899 (although there's one from the 1920s), and consist of ships visiting Port Chalmers, views of the area, and also a number of wrecks in the lower South Island. Oh, and a big, dead, shark.

The images are part of the De Maus, David Alexander, 1847-1925 :Shipping negatives (PA-Group-00198) group in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand. You can see hundreds of photographs from this collection on the National Library website.

These images were added to The Commons on Flickr in November 2008.
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