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Robert Gant

In this podcast John Sullivan talks about the photography of Robert Gant.

Robert Gant was born in England in 1854(?) and came to New Zealand in 1876. He lived in Wellington and was apprenticed to a chemist. He joined the local theatre where he specialised in female roles. In the 1880s Gant moved over to the Wairarapa where he continued his career as a chemist as well as acting in, and directing, local theatrical groups. The images date from the 1880s/1890s. More of Robert's images can be viewed at DigitalNZ

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Boy at a breakfast tableHead portrait of an unidentified young manHead portrait of an unidentified young manHead and shoulders portrait of an unidentified young manMen embracing and kissingFour men posing as mashersStrada Santa Lucia, Valletta, MaltaBoy dressed as a sailor holding a pair of shoesThree unidentified boys. Two sit on a fenceRoom interior with young man in a rocking chairThree men in a sitting roomObituary notice

Record date:November 2010
Photographer:Robert Gant
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Interviewer:Gareth Watkins