Kimbolton Road looking South-west

Hobday/Scott

Grandson Mr Gavin Scott has allowed the library access to his collection of photographs and family history. . As a 14-year-old, Mr Hobday was sent from England to stay with his uncle Thomas Bull in Rongotea. He met his wife Mary Nesbit at Carthew's Bookshop where he was encouraged to learn about photography because he was selling cameras. The Nesbit family owned the Feilding Abattoir in Sandon Rd. Along with the photos deposited in the Feilding Community Archives by Mr Scott is a poster advertising Mr Hobday's aerial photographs "Photography was my grandfather's passion," Mr Scott said. Mr Hobday was very interested in planes and paid 15 pounds to be the first passenger to fly with Captain Russell from the Feilding Racecourse to Parorangi, now Hato Paora College, on August 17, 1920. He also flew with Francis Chichester and George Bolt, and is believed to be the first professional aerial photographer in New Zealand. He was commissioned by the Auckland Weekly to photograph the damage to Napier after the 1931 earthquake. "He was a pioneer in aerial photography and founder of the New Zealand Professional Photographers Association," his photographs were taken from open aircraft, and the detail shows his skill as a photographer. Bert Hobday has left a legacy of photographs of Feilding and the lower North Island in the early part of the 20th century. Although a collection of his glass plates was lost in the Darragh building fire in 1995, many of his prints are at the Feilding Library and decorate the Feilding Information Centre and other buildings. Mr Bert Hobday died in 1973.

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W.Carthew - bookshop

W.Carthew - bookshop

Carthews bookshop, shop assistants. Photograph taken c.1915. Read More

 
Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding Box Factory (Broadbelts). Haybittle Street. Fire - 20/12/1939. Photograhers : Hobday Read More

 
Cobbes drapery store - 1953

Cobbes drapery store - 1953

John Cobbe and Co. drapers, corner Manchester Street and Manchester Square. Coronation decorations, 1953. The first fire broke out on November 19th 2007, then ... Read More

 
Feilding

Feilding

Feilding - Aerial view showing Kimbolton Road in the left corner, and the East and Lytton Streets intersection. Lytton Street School in centre. Photograph : H... Read More

 
Feilding - 1920 : 54-8

Feilding - 1920 : 54-8

1920 - Aerial view of West Sttreet, Kimbolton Road, Kowhai Park and the Racecourse. Read More

 
Wilkinson Homestead

Wilkinson Homestead

Completion of George Wilkinson's house at 44 Monmouth street. Photographer, Hobday, c. 1915. Read More

 
Feilding

Feilding

Feilding - Aerial view looking north up Manchester Street Square on bottom right. Read More

 
Visit of Duke and Duchess of York, March 1927

Visit of Duke and Duchess of York, March 1927

Photographer: Hobday. Visit took place 3rd March 1927 Read More

Date
1927
 
Feilding Box Factory fire - 1939 : 43-4

Feilding Box Factory fire - 1939 : 43-4

Feilding Box factory (Broadbelts). Haybittle Street. Fire - 20/12/1939. Photographers : Hobday. Read More

 
Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding Box Factory (Broadbelts). Haybittle Street. Fire - 20/12/1939. Photograhers : Hobday Read More

 
Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding box factory fire - 1939

Feilding Box Factory (Broadbelts). Haybittle Street. Fire - 20/12/1939. Photograhers : Hobday Read More

 
Article on First Aerial Photographs

Article on First Aerial Photographs

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Celebration of Queen's Coronation & Visit

Celebration of Queen's Coronation & Visit

Souvenir Booklet celebrating the Coronation & the Visit to Feilding on 8th January 1954, at 10.30am by Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. Read More

 
Mr Hobday

Mr Hobday

Mr Hobday standing by the plane with the camera. Mr Hobday was very interested in planes and paid 15 pound to be the first passenger to fly with Captain Russel... Read More

 
Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Looking at intersection on South Street, Kawakawa Road & Manchester Street. Read More

 
Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial View of Feilding, around 1922. Feilding Race course at the bottom. Read More

 
Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial View of Feilding, around 1922 Read More

 
Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial Photograph of Feilding

Aerial View of Feilding, around 1922 Read More

 
Mary Nesbit

Mary Nesbit

Mary Nesbit on right Aged about 18 Read More

 
Mary Nesbit

Mary Nesbit

Post Card of Mary Nesbit. Mary married Mr Hobday (Photographer) Mary worked at Carthews Read More

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