Mary Humphreys Production date
1900-1910s Current rights
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Mary Humphreys (nee Henderson) was a professional photographer operating in Tauranga at the end of the 1890s into the early 1900s. She was born in 1865 in Croydon, Surrey, England and came to New Zealand in the 1880s, marrying Thomas Humphreys in June 1889. Widowed in 1898, and with three young children, Mary turned her home into a boarding house and began to advertise for photographic work. In 1901 the 'Christchurch Press' published forty of her photographs in a special supplement and a album of her images was given to the Duchess of Cornwall by the women of Tauranga.