Daniel Louis Mundy was born 4 August 1826 in Devizes, Wiltshire. He came to Australia in 1863 and the following year took over Meluish's studio in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1869 he devoted himself to landscape photography and this occupied him for the remainder of his life. In 1873 he toured a lantern slide show "Maori Land or Through New Zealand with a Camera" in Australia and submitted a series of views for exhibition in Vienna.
In 1874 he returned to England where he presented his lantern show, including a five month residence at the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London as well as exhibiting photographs before the Photographic Society of GB. He presented his show before Queen Victoria and also the Emperor of Austria who in 1875 awarded Mundy the Imperial Gold Medal of Arts and Sciences. Mundy returned to New Zealand in 1876 where he was sole licensee of the Autotype Company of London, setting up a gallery in Christchurch. In 1879 he was in Sydney touring a lantern show and troupe of twenty five Maoris that he also took to country centres. Mundy died in Melbourne on 30 November 1881.
I am very interested in Mundy on several fronts, firstly his NZ landscape photography, then his cdv work including his partnership with Braham La'Mert (who also worked in Australia) and his lantern show work in NZ, Australia and overseas. His brother William was a photographer and lanternist in Australia as well.
Tony Rackstraw has put together some very useful information in his blog on Canterbury, NZ photographers:
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  • Hi Marcel, 

    I've been researching Mundy for some years now. A while back I wrote an essay on him and the carbon prints he made during his time in London - you can read it here.

    It would be good to find out more about his lantern shows. cheers, Lissa

  • by chance I have a stereoview by Mundy, of NZ unsure of location. Let me know if of interest.



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