John Kinder (1819-1903) trained as a lawyer and teacher but was later ordained into the Church of England. He arrived in Auckland in 1853 to take up the post of Master of the newly founded Church of England Grammar School. With J C Hoyte, his Drawing Master in the 1860s, Kinder helped found the Auckland Society of Artists. In 1873 he was appointed Master of St John's College. Kinder was an early exponent of photography, and sometimes used his photographs as a basis for later watercolours and sketches, which are of great historical significance. A single print of a Kinder painting is currently available, an early view of Picton.