From 1931 to 1985, Spencer Digby Studios captured the lives of Wellington’s people – from dances to dog shows, from posed portraits to spontaneous moments. Located on Lambton Quay, the popular studio was known for its specialised services and modern equipment.
This exhibition is a small sample from the The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection, a group of over 250,000 images from Spencer Digby Studios. The collection was donated to Te Papa by Ronald D. Woolf in 1975.
Digitising the collection
Over the last two years, a dedicated team of Te Papa specialists has digitised thousands of photos from The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection. This project was funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.Close English text
Mai i te tau 1931 ki te tau 1985, i whakaahuatia e te Whare Whakaahua o Spencer Digby te noho a te iwi o Te Whanganui-a-Tara – mai i ngā kanikani ki ngā whakaaturanga kurī, mai i ngā whakaahua kiritangata ki ngā mahi noa. I runga o Lambton Quay, i mōhiotia rā tēnei whare whakaahua mō āna ratonga whāiti me āna taputapu hou.
He paku timotimo noa iho tēnei whakaaturanga i The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection, he kohinga neke atu i te 250,000 ngā whakaahua mai i Spencer Digby Studios. He mea takoha te kohinga ki Te Papa nā Ronald D. Woolf i te tau 1975.
Te whakamatihiko i te kohinga
I roto i ngā tau e rua, i oti i tētahi tīma mātanga manawanui o Te Papa te whakamatihiko i te e hia mano whakaahua mai i The Spencer Digby - Ronald D. Woolf Collection. He mea tautoko tēnei kaupapa e te pūtea a Te Puna Tahua o Aotearoa.Close te reo Māori text