Born, Harald Nilius Anderson in Oslo, Norway, 16 March 1869 - Harold Anderson settled in Palmerston North. He was joined by his sisters who worked with Harold at his photography and art business, Anderson Studios, in Main Street (opposite the then Railway Station). His sons later continued the business in Berrymans building on Broadway. He had ten children.
Harold travelled to the United States and attended art school in Chicago. He then visited Norway and Ireland before returning to Aotearoa.
Harold completed the drawings of Rangitāne rangatira, Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, that were sent to Italy, and on which the marble statue in Te Marae o Hine is modelled.
He died 4 April 1925 at 137 Scandia Street Palmerston North, now 429 Albert Street, although the old house is gone. Harold was buried in Terrace End Cemetery.