Godfrey Ramsbotham, 1875-, 28 April 1935
Reference Number: PA1-f-005-354
Mr Godfrey Ramsbotham of Levin, smoking a pipe and wearing a tiki on his watch-chain, photographed 28 April 1935 by G L Adkin.
Adkin album 18, Reference Number PA1-f-005 (15 digitised items)
Adkin, George Leslie :Photographs of New Zealand geology, geography, and the Maori history of Horowhenua, Reference Number PAColl-0844 (165 digitised items)
Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Silver gelatin print 149 x 107 mm mounted on album page. Single photograph
Historical Notes: The album caption continues: "Mr Ramsbotham was born at Crowborough, Sussex, England, in 1875, and sailed for New Zealand at the age of 17, on the Aorangi, leaving Albert Docks, Dec 8th, 1892. After an adventurous career in various parts of the country - gold-mining on the Buller, sheeep farming on Kapiti Island etc etc - he finally settled at Levin and devoted himself to the extension of his splendid library which must surely rank as one of the finest private collections of books and objects of art in the North Island. Of very wide range of taste in literature, his favourite subjects include biography, travel, art, animal life, horticulture and Dickensiana. His walls are adorned with many choice original works of art including examples by Lindauer, Harold Knight, Norman Lindsay and Lucy Kemp Welsh. The present writer's friendship with Mr Ramsbotham dates from the time of the preparation of "Te Hekenga" for publication, the illustrations for that volume being selected from a large collection of photographs taken in the Hoerowhenua district between the years 1908 and 1926. The present albums and notes are largely the result of an association with Mr R A McDonald, author (with Mr E O'Donnell) of "Te Hekenga", and the publication of that notable book, for which generous and desirable action Mr Ramsbotham was entirely responsible."
Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted
Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - beneath image: Mr Godfrey Ramsbotham, of Levin, to whom New Zealanders are indebted for the publication of "Te Hekenga", that charmingly-written history of Old Horowhenua.... 28.4.35
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