- [ca 1866]
- Batchelder & O'Neill (Firm)
Edward Dobson, circa 1866. Photographer unidentified.
Dated circa 1866 judging that Dobson is about 50 years old at the time this photograph was taken.
Edward Dobson was born London. Studied architecture. Was one of the original purchasers of land under the Canterbury Association and left for New Zealand on the Cressy in 1850. Selected land in Sumner and Christchurch. In 1854 was appointed Provincial Engineer by Fitzgerald. At Lyttelton Dobson constructed the breakwater from Officer's Point which made the inner harbour safe for shipping. In 1865, accompanied by Hall, Dobson laid out the road through the Otira and set gangs to work in the severest weather in order to open a road for diggers to get through. He named the road after his son, Arthur. Another son George was murdered by the Burgess and Kelly gang in 1866.
Inscriptions: Verso - Edward Dobson. George Dobson's father
Identical photograph at PA2-0250
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