Portrait of a mother and her three children, circa 1914, Cook Islands, by George Crummer. Te Papa (B.027712)/22063003
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries George Crummer built up a business taking pictures of Cook Islanders and general scene photographs in Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Mangaia.
George Robson Crummer was born in Auckland on 14 June 1868. His parents George and Mary Jane Crummer migrated to Auckland from Ireland on the ship the Mary Shepherd in 1866.
1890 with a number of business partners, George Robson invested in a topsail
schooner called ‘Jessie Niccol’. The schooner was employed to sail between the
Cook Islands and Auckland bringing fruit, copra, pearl shell, and fungus from
the islands and returning with general cargo.
was in the Cook Islands that George met his wife Upokotio who was the daughter
of Tangaiia Mataiapo, a high chief of Takitumu. They married in 1892 and had
with the shipping business, George built up a business taking portraits of Cook
Islanders and general scene photographs in Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Mangaia.