Title / object name
Portrait of John Samuel Gibbons
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1914-1920 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
half plate (1/2)Classification
portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
This studio portrait is most probably an image of John Samuel Gibbons, service number 70467. The photo was taken at the Berry Co. photographers in Wellington, a well-known studio established in 1897 by William Berry. Many servicemen had their photos taken while on leave or before they left to fight in World War One.
John who was born in Auckland on the 5th April 1894 to parents Mary Ellen and Robert Huia Gibbons. He worked as a self-employed engineer before enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 13th September 1917. He trained at Trentham and at Featherston camps before embarking from Wellington on the 23rd April 1918 on the Willochra with 36th Reinforcements Specialist Company. We think he first worked as part of the New Zealand Signal Corps although when he was discharged on 17th June 1919 he was part of the Machine Gun Corps.
John Samuel Gibbons returned to live in Auckland and he married Violet Roslyn Brown in 1940 and they had one child, Josie. John died in 1957 aged 63. He is buried at Hillsborough Cemetery in Area 4, Block O, Lot No. 44.
The identification of people in the Berry Co. photos is an ongoing project. If you have any information about the soldiers or other people in this collection we would like to hear from you. Please contact a history curator through our enquiry centre 04 381 7000 or email@example.com