Large Collection of Richards/Watkinson Family Photos from the UK and NZ
Yet again a large collection of photos from one family was being sold off last week on Trade Me. This one is from the Richards and Watkinsons, who intermarried, and along the way there are Taylors, Firths and Plucks involved. There are a number of early-late Victorian photos from the UK as well as many from the 1920s-1940s, which seem to have been taken around Christchurch then Taranaki,and King Country New Zealand. There are a few notes with the images like ‘R. Richards, August 1904, 39 Glebe St, Penarth’ on the back of one group portrait which have allowed me to figure out who theywere and put names to some portraits. The Richards family were from the Glamorgan, Wales area and claim a connection to the Richards family of Connecticut, from which Nobel Prize winner Dickson Woodruff Richards was descended. The Watkinsons and Taylors were from Leeds/Sheffield area. Both eventually immigrated to New Zealand. The only couple in recorded history with both surnames who married in New Zealand was in 1931, and that was William Humphrey Richards and Elizabeth Hannah Watkinson. Elizabeth was born in Leeds, which tees with many of the older portraits. William was born in Penarth, Cardiff and his father’s name was Richard Richards.
You can read more and see about 30 images here. http://tinyurl.com/y54vpkc8
There were many more which I have kept copies of. Feel free to get in touch if you require more information.