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Object: Wedding portrait of Alfred and Queenie Hart

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Title Wedding portrait of Alfred and Queenie Hart
Production Berry, William (photography studio), 19 April 1918, Wellington
Medium summary black and white glass negative
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Technique black-and-white photography
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.044617

Wedding portrait  of Alfred and Queenie Hart,  19 April 1918.

Despite the plain appearance of their clothing, this portrait of Alfred and Queenie Hart was taken on their wedding day, 19 April 1918.  The couple had met at their workplace, printer-publisher Whitcombe and Tombs in late 1916: Alf had worked as a type compositor since he was fifteen, and Queenie, originally from  Masterton, was a letterpress machinist.  Perhaps Queenie wore everyday garb because the couple had to fast-track their wedding plans: Alf was to embark with the 38th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery on 24 April, having completed five month's training as a gunner.

In England, Alf underwent further training with the Field Artillery and went to France in September 1918, where he was a driver of teams of horses that pulled the guns on their carriages. Once the war was over, he returned to Wellington on 26 August 1919. He went back to his old job, and he and Queenie welcomed the forst of their four children, a boy, on 24 June 1921.  The couple lived happily together into their eighties.

 

 

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