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Object: Portrait of an unidentified soldier and an unidentified woman [inscribed Bolton]

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Title Portrait of an unidentified soldier and an unidentified woman [inscribed Bolton]
Production Berry, William (photography studio), 1914-1919, Wellington
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.046828

Portrait of a man in the uniform of a Private in the New Zealand Army, with a seated woman. The soldier's collar badges are those of the 5th Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment. The woman is wearing a New Zealand Forces button as a 'sweetheart brooch' on her blouse. The resemblance between the two sitters suggests that they may be brother and sister, and the Berry studio number 15655 indicates a sitting date between July and December 1916.

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The Berry Boys
During World War I, around 120 Kiwi soldiers had their photograph taken at Wellington’s Berry & Co photography studio before they left New Zealand to fight in the war . These portraits are now in Te Papa’s collection.

In the lead-up to the World War I centenary (2014-18), Te Papa is working to identify these soldiers and the loved ones they are pictured with. We want to make contact with their descendants, and to record their stories.

Some soldiers have already been identified. For others, we only have the surname etched on the glass negative.

Contact us
If you have any information you can share about the Berry Boys - either a soldier or someone they are photographed with - please use the online form above. You can also email or leave a phone message for us on 04 381 7129. You can also write to Berry Boys Project Team, Te Papa, PO Box 467, Wellington 6140.

To aid identification, please be sure to include the Te Papa registration number (B.044366, for example) for the photo in question.

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