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Object: Portrait of Thomas Christopher Gollins, Grace Caroline Gollins and Graham Thomas Gollins

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Title Portrait of Thomas Christopher Gollins, Grace Caroline Gollins and Graham Thomas Gollins
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 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.044303

Thomas, Grace and Christopher Gollins

Family portrait of Private Thomas Christopher Gollins of the Machine Gun Corps with his wife Grace and their infant son Graham.

Thomas Christopher Gollins married Grace Caroline Rebecca  Twist at St Paul's Pro-Cathedral, Wellington, on 13 July 1915.  Their son Graham was born on 13 February 1918.

Thomas, Grace and Graham visited Berry & Co.'s studio shortly before Thomas embarked for the war on 23 April.   Thomas was away for nearly two years, returning to New Zealand on 6 March 1920.

He returned to his work in the motor industry as a mechanic and later as a garage proprietor in Levin and Hawera, where he died in 1944.  Grace died in Rotorua in 1982.

Graham served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Second World War, and died in 1988.


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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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