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Refer to Alfred Burton...
By about 1882 Alfred had entered into partnership with Thomas Mintaro Muir, and acquired the lease of the building on the corner of Princes Street and Moray Place. Muir was born, probably in 1851 or 1852, in Australia and emigrated to New Zealand with his parents, Matthew Bailey Muir and Amelia Muir (née Allen). Seven of the Muir and Allen families are known to have taken up photography. Young Thomas Muir had also became a photographer in Dunedin and his aptitude and enthusiasm were rewarded when he was included in the party that recorded the transit of Venus at Queenstown in 1874. He then joined Alfred Burton as portrait operator. During the 10 years after he became a partner the firm achieved great successes, and in 1885 Muir and Burton were able to open a large portrait studio at the Exchange Court on Princes Street.

In 1898 Burton retired. Around this time Thomas Muir formed a new partnership with George Moodie, and the firm of Muir and Moodie entered very successfully into the postcard era. Their partnership was dissolved about 1916. Subsequently Muir maintained the studio at Invercargill until 1940. Later he acquired property at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula and died there in 1945.


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