Life in gardens: Dunedin, New Zealand

Baby in bucket, by W. Williams, via ShorpyEdgar Williams in a playpen tub, Dunedin, New Zealand, ca. 1892-93, by William Williams. Part of the National Library of New Zealand collection, via Shorpy.

Another possible garden use for a galvanized farm tank.

William Williams (1859-1948) was a talented amateur photographer who worked for the New Zealand Railways Department.

Below is another (more formal) Williams photo of Edgar in the garden, via the National Library of New Zealand.

Williams baby on chair, by W. Williams, via Natl Library New Zealand

Edgar lived to be over 90, by the way. He was also a photographer and bequeathed thousands of his father’s and his own black and white negatives to the National Library.

Life in gardens: Napier, New Zealand

Williams garden, via National Library of New Zealand Commons on flickr“Group in the garden of William and Lydia Williams, Carlyle Street, Napier,” ca. 1890, a stereographic image by William Williams, via the National Library of New Zealand Commons on flickr.

Williams garden, via National Library of New Zealand Commons on flickr

The online catalogue of the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington provides further details:

Lydia Williams is in the centre, playing the banjo. Seated at the right is her sister, Amy Devereux. The man with the camera is Russell Duncan. The other man’s identity is unknown but it is possible he was a member of a group such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a troupe of Negro singers and musicians who toured New Zealand in the late 1880s. Photograph taken by Lydia’s husband William Williams.

Russell Duncan was later to become a well known photographer and historian of Napier.

Another photo by Williams, below, also from the Alexander Turnbull Library, seems to show the same group, on the same day.

Williams garden, via National Library of New Zealand The man eating may be Williams, rather than Duncan.

What junipers are these, inlaid
With flame of the pomegranate tree?
The god of gardens must have made
This still unrumored place for thee
To rest from immortality,
And dream within the splendid shade
Some more elusive symphony
Than orchestra has ever played.

— Grace Hazard Conkling, from “Symphony of a Mexican Garden