William Henry Thomas Partington
8 Dec 1854 - 22 Jul 1940.
Photographer 24 Grey St, Auckland, New Zealand
William Henry Thomas Partington was an excellent photographer but he was unknown to the art world until 2001.
A Bay of Plenty man found a suitcase in his garage filled with 235 glass plate negatives and 500 vintage prints.
The suitcase had belonged to his wife’s great-grandfather, photographer WHT Partington.
The collection featured mostly Maori, and people and scenery along the Whanganui River in the late 1800s.
He married Mary Jane Goldie in 1879, who was the sister of David Goldie who married WHT’s sister Maria.