Object: Portrait of Edmund Colin Nigel Robinson and his bride Mary Read
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|Title||Portrait of Edmund Colin Nigel Robinson and his bride Mary Read|
Berry & Co (photography studio), 1915, Wellington
|Medium summary||black and white gelatin glass negative|
|Materials||photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates|
|Classification||studio portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives|
|Technique||black-and-white photography, photography, gelatin dry plate process|
|Format||whole plate (1/1)|
|Credit line||Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds|
Edmund Colin Nigel Robinson, serial number 23/1303
This studio portrait shows Lieutenant (later Captain) Edmund Colin Nigel Robinson, service number 23/1303 with his wife Mary Theresa Veronica Robinson (nee Read).
Edmund was 24 years old when he attested for service in 1915. He had been working as a farmer in Pihama, Taranaki but he was originally from Croydon in England. Edmund embarked for Europe on the 13 November 1915 attached to the 2nd Reinforcements to the 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade. In June 1917 he was gassed at Messines. He suffered a severe cough and was later diagnosed with Chronic Pulmonary Disease. Even so, he returned to New Zealand and lived a relatively long life.
After the war Edmund applied for and won a Ballot farm. These were farms the New Zealand government purchased for returning World War 1 soldiers with the aim to provide an opportunity for soldiers to settle on and develop farms of their own. Edmund farmed at Mangateparu, Morrinsville most of his life. In October 1940 he was appointed as the area commander for the Home Guard in Paeroa. He was also a prominent member of the RSA.
Edmund married three times, firstly to Mary Read in 1915 who appears in this photo. Mary died in 1959. Edmund later married Margaret Morrison in 1961 and Jean Alexander in 1967, and he had three children. Edmund died in 1972 aged 82.I know who this is
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.
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Find additional information about this object at these sites
- Cenotaph Database, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Archway, Archives New Zealand
- Colonist, Volume LX, Issue 14629, 6 February 1918 at Papers Past, National Library of New Zealand
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