Vintage NZ: Classic family group

Classic family group, Golden Bay, about 1912.

This classic group is SEPTEMBER in my Vintage New Zealand 2019 calendar. Posed on the front lawn of a Golden Bay, Nelson homestead, the image is interesting for the various points of costume: the soft white hat on Father’s knee, the wings on the daughter’s cap and the black mourning lapels and cuffs worn by Mother. Only she is wearing them, suggesting a distant bereavement in her extended family. The visiting gent on the porch – is he just off his horse? Surely he is supposed to be off-camera. Details as to who, where and when are unfortunately lacking, but by association this full plate photo was most likely taken in or near Takaka, by professional photographer L. Darcy Manson (1885-1947).