Cromwell Shepherd sitting on a motorbike outside of a house.

Cromwell Shepherd (Ngāpuhi) was possibly the first professional Māori photographer. He began photographing tourists and tourism sites whilst working as a guide at Rotomahana, Tarawera and the Buried Village during the early 1900s. By 1911, Shepherd had transitioned into photography fulltime, carrying out work for the government promoting tourist sites and documenting infrastructure projects, and running studios at Cambridge, Rotorua, and Auckland during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Posted: 03 Jun 2023

LOL! Well that's hilarious! I haven't been on the site for a long time and the first link i click is this image! Cromwell was married to my Great Grandmothers first cousin (my 1st c 3x removed) Edith Fanny - nee SADLER (1874-1945 daughter of Joseph and Jane/Jean SADLER nee HAMILTON ). I've just recently added him to the family tree. It's been fascinating learning about him.