In 1967/1968 the auction and second hand business Lugton & Lloyd moved from Collingwood Street to the Bond & Bond building at 6 Bryce Street, Hamilton. They also leased the house next door from the Hospital Board. This building was known as the Whyte Estate. A large collection of glass plate negatives were found in the Whyte Estate house stacked on shelves in a back room.
The photographer has since been identified as H E Gaze, who operated in Hamilton from 1900 until his retirement in 1948. His studio was in King’s Building, Victoria Street, opposite Ward Street and adjacent to the railway bridge. The subjects of the photographs are identified only by surnames, which have been scratched onto the surface of the negatives.
Amongst the negatives were several dozen photographs of young men in World War I uniforms. Tentative identifications have been made based on entries in the Cenotaph Database matched against insignia and badges on the uniforms, and from information supplied by members of the public. Many of the identities are still unknown. If you recognise any of these, please contact us and we will update our records.