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Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook

HEGINBOTHAM, Joseph Alfred 1860?–1951

HEGINBOTHAM, Joseph Alfred 1860?–1951

Born England, he came to Wellington from Manchester with his parents in about 1873. In 1879 opened tea gardens in Kilbirnie, popular with Wellingtonians in the 1890s, with hundreds of cyclists riding there on Sunday afternoons. He then took up photography page 123 and set up a studio in connection with the tea gardens, and through photography was led to art. Painting was the great hobby of his later life until partial blindness intervened. On 11 July 1951 a photograph in the Dominion showed him, aged 91 years, standing by a wall covered with his paintings, his subjects nearly all appearing to be scenes around the city and waterfront. Exhibited with NZ Academy of Fine Arts 1904–37.