Died 1933 79

Charles Spencer was a photographer who documented various natural and man made features in the late 18th and early 19th centuries particularly in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. Charles operated his photography studio out of his chemist shop on the Strand in Tauranga. Spencer’s collection at Te papa museum holds over 200 photographs from a wide variety of photography techniques. Of this collection his Pink and White Terraces and the aftermath of the Mt Tarawera eruption photographs would be among the most notable, it is thanks to Charles that we have an appreciation for the beauty of the pink and white terraces and the destruction that Mt Tarawera eruption left behind. Without Charles Spencer photographic efforts we would not have nearly as many preservations of this event and others in early New Zealand history.

Pink and White Terraces, 1880s, Rotorua, by Charles Spencer. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (O.020753)

Pink and White Terraces, 1880s, Rotorua, by Charles Spencer. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (O.020753)

Ruins of Captain Way’s house, Te Mu, 1886, Tarawera, by Charles Spencer. Te Papa (O.002112)

Charles and Isabella Spencer Portrait credit to Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1365-345

Charles Spencer Biography

Charles Spencer

Died 1933

A Block Row 28 Plot 041

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