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The Tudor Collins Project

WRENS on the Admirals barge, WW2

Welcome to the Tudor Collins Project.

So, who was Tudor Collins?

Among other things he was a bushman, a master mariner, a machine gunner, a

farmer, a business man and most importantly to this project, a great photographer.

He is probably best known for his beautiful photographs taken in the kauri forests of

Northland where he captured the clear-felling of our native Kauri forests.

He served in the Royal New Zealand Navy during world war two, photographed

many of the naval wartime activities around the coast of New Zealand and went on to

document many more significant occasions for the Navy during the 1940s and 1950s.

His photographs are definitely the best record of the New Zealand Navy during this

period and we are very aware of the importance of this collection.

Following his death in 1970, much of his glass plate negative collection was stored in

a garage on his nephew’s farm near Rotorua and it has finally surfaced after all these

years, due to the persistence of Gordon Maitland from the Auckland War Memorial

Museum (AWMM).

Working in collaboration with the AWMM, we are sorting through the collection

identifying which glass plates relate to the Royal New Zealand Navy and separating

them from the rest of the plates, to be cleaned, re-packed, digitised, catalogued and

added to the Navy Museum Photographic Archive.

The project began mid November and will probably take around six months to work

through the many thousands of images contained in the 100 transit boxes that

carried the collection from Rotorua to an empty hospital ward at the Devonport Navy

base.

During the course of the project we will be regularly posting a selection of images as

they emerge from the dusty old boxes they have rested in for the past 70 odd years,

so stay tuned to this blog and watch our history unfold.

Posted on November 26, 2013
Filed under: Tudor Collins Photographic Collection

  1. My Father – Norman Peter Trent – was at one time 1st Lieutenant on HMNZS Kaniere. Captain, Sam Mercer.
    I recall a family day on the Gulf, and Tudor Collins was on board taking photographs, of which I still have some. This would have been early 50’s, and probably just prior to, or immediately after “Kaniere’s” Korea posting.

    Comment by Tony Trent — December 31, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

  2. My father – Norman Peter Trent – was 1st Lieutenant on HMNZS “Kaniere” – Captain Sam Mercer. I recall a family day on the Gulf at which Tudor Collins was on board taking photographs, of which I still have some.
    This would have been early 50’s just prior to, or immediately after, “Kaniere’s” posting to Korea.

    Comment by Tony Trent — December 31, 2016 @ 5:25 pm

  3. see above

    Comment by Tony Trent — December 31, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

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