Joseph and Kate Fletcher

Production date
09 Jun 1863
Description
Ambrotype of Joseph Horner Fletcher and his wife Kate Fletcher (nee Green). The hand-tinted portrait is contained in an embossed leather case with gold designs painted around the edges front and back and a lid lined with embossed crimson velvet. A note adhered to the lid of the case reads: "J. H. J. K. Fletcher: Brisbane / To Mr Mrs Flight: Taranaki / In token of many kindly remembrances / June 9 1863 [?]"

Joseph Fletcher (1823-1890) was a Wesleyan minister who sailed to New Zealand with his family in 1849. Joseph worked in both Auckland and New Plymouth, becoming the Founding Principal of Wesley College, before moving on to Australia where he became the first Chairman of the Queensland Wesleyan District in 1863. In 1865 he took over from the Rev. John Manton as President of Newington College in Sydney.
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Photographer
Production date
09 Jun 1863
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Gifted by Miss I. Watson
Accession number
A82.031
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The Note could read "J.H. & K. Fletcher" as their names were Joseph Horner and Kate Fletcher and Mr and Mrs Flight of Taranaki were possibly good friends during their time living in New Plymouth. Josiah Flight was born in Devonshire in 1800 and came to New Zealand on the Timandra in 1842 with his wife Sarah Anne and child Anne (Annie). His two younger daughters Sarah and Katie were born in New Plymouth. Josiah was one of the first Justices of the Peace and was appointed Resident Magistrate and Coroner of the district in 1852.

- Chris Willis on 13-08-2022 04:44:28

I think this could be a portrait of my First Cousin 4x removed who married Kate Green in England and sailed to New Zealand in 1849 where he became the Founding Principal of Wesley College before moving on to Australia where he took over from the Rev. John Manton as President of Newington College in Sydney in 1865 after being the first Chairman of the Queensland Wesleyan District in 1863, presumably at the time of this photograph.

- Chris Willis on 15-06-2021 05:42:27

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