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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Harold Burkinshaw

of Belper

Harold Burkinshaw worked as a photographer in Belper from around 1901 until at least 1914.

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Harold Burkinshaw was born at Belper in 1874, the youngest of three sons of local chemist and druggist William Thomas Burkinshaw (born 1843 Killingholme, Lincolnshire) and his wife Alice Crowther.  As a teenager he worked as an assistant in his father's shop, but by 1901 he described himself as a photographic artist.  Robert Silverwood (see below) has suggested that he took over Norman McAuslan's studio between 1902 and 1905, after McAuslan had moved to Australia for health reasons.  Kelly (1912) shows Burkinshaw working from premises at New Road in Belper.  A contributed post card (see below) and a 1909 advertisement (at right) suggest that he also had premises on King Street, Belper. Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer
Received from Terry Corner:

Harold Burkinshaw's photographic shop on the corner of Chapel Street  and King Street Belper. The picture has been taken looking along Chapel Street, with King Street immediately to the left of the shop, which is the bungalow type building to the left displaying photographs and with the last three letters of his name in view. The shop. which had since served as a cafe and estate agents, was demolished about mid 2005.

Scanned from Rod Jewell`s book, "Images of Belper & Ambergate" ISBN 1 85983 029 3

Portfolio
Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer Possibly Gladys Wayne (b. 1888)
by Harold Burkinshaw of Belper
Undated, but taken c.1904-1910

Format: Cabinet card

Image © & courtesy of Brian Greer


Notes
:  Gladys Wayne was a younger sister of photographer J.W. Wayne.

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Margaret Isabel "Peg" McAuslan (b. 1900)
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper
Undated, but taken c.1905

Format: large mounted print

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood


Notes
: Margaret was the youngest daughter of photographer Norman J. McAuslan

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Margaret Isabel "Peg" McAuslan (b. 1900)
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper
Undated, but taken c.1905

Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes: Margaret was the youngest daughter of photographer Norman J. McAuslan

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood Unidentified woman
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper
Undated, but taken in the early to mid-1900s

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Tony Hall Alice Margaret Lees (1886-1943)
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper
Undated, but probably taken c. 1904-1907

Format: Cabinet Card
Size: Mount 107 x 167mm Photo 99 x 136 mm
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Tony Hall

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock The Abbott family of Heage
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper, c.1905

Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes:  The man and woman in this photo are identified on the front and reverse as "Uncle George & Aunt Mary Hannah Abbott."  George Abbott (1874-) married Mary Hannah Siddons (1877-) at Belper in 1898, and their first son Owen was born later that year.  He must be the oldest boy seated at left, and this photograph was probably taken when he was about 7 years old, c. 1905.
Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock Unidentified man and child
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper, c.1905

Format: Cabinet Card
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Cynthia Maddock

Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Derby House, Campbell Street, Belper, by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper, c. 1906
Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes by Robert Silverwood: This was the home of William Peter Adshead, manufacturing chemist and his daughter Elizabeth.  William P. Adshead was the uncle of Norman McAuslan's wife Louisa.  In the photo are Elizabeth Adshead (seated), Doris and Peg McAuslan and in the doorway Annie Topham Godber (housekeeper/companion).


Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer Unidentified woman
by Harold Burkinshaw
Undated, but probably taken in the early 1900s

Format: Postcard(?)

Image © & courtesy of Adrian Farmer


Notes:

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood "The Laurels", Albert Street, Belper, by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper, Summer 1907
Size: Large format 175mm x 254mm
Plain back

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
The mount is printed "N. McAuslan -- New Road Belper" (above) but also has an embossed mark "Harold Burkinshaw New Road Belper" (see below) between the two parts of the McAuslan printing.

Notes by Robert Silverwood:  I also have a post card of part of the same image (not scanned) which has written on the back, in a hand which looks contemporary to the photo, "The Laurels Photographed by Harold Burkinshaw in 1907 Summer".  This house is where Norman McAuslan's widow Louisa and their daughters, Doris (my grandmother) and Peggie, lived after they returned from Australia in 1905.  It is they who are in the garden in the photo.  I see from the 1901 census that Harold was working as a photographic artist from his parents' home in Church Street, Belper.  All this seems to suggest that Harold may have taken over Norman's business in New Road between 1902, when he was too ill to work, and 1905, when he died.
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood
Marriage of Louisa Rice and George Storr, location unknown, taken by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road, Belper, 1 July 1914
Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Robert Silverwood

Notes by Robert Silverwood:
Louisa's parents (on the right of the photo) were Walter Rice and Mary (Polly) McAuslan, eldest sister of Norman McAuslan.


Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin
Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin
Unknown children
by Harold Burkinshaw of New Road & King Street, Belper
Unknown date
Format: Post Card

Image © & courtesy of Diane Alton-Kaighin

Nothing further is known about this photo


References
Images kindly provided by Adrian Farmer, Brian Greer, Terry Corner, Tony Hall, Cynthia Maddock, Diane Alton-Kaighin and Robert Silverwood
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1891 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
FreeBMD
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.

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