Object: Portrait of Annie Baigent and Ashley Heath Baigent
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|Title||Portrait of Annie Baigent and Ashley Heath Baigent|
Berry & Co (photography studio), 1917, 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|
|Format||half plate (1/2)|
|Credit line||Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds|
Ashley Heath Baigent and Annie Baigent.
Ashley Baigent strikes a confident pose with a bandolier over his left shoulder and riding spurs on his boots, but his war service was to be brief and uneventful. A farmer from Takaka, Golden Bay at the time he attested for service on 8 January 1917, Ashley was assigned to New Zealand Field Artillery's 25th Reinforcements but was found to have a goitre and therefore 'unfit for active service'.
Standing at Ashley's side is his wife, Annie. Annie was born in 1892 to Reuben and Mary Packard of Motupipi, near Takaka, and married Ashley at Easter, 1917.
After the war Ashley became the director of the Nelson Freezing Works and a 'fat stock buyer' for many years. He was also a County Councillor and a member of the Takaka Show Committee. An Inn at the Takaka Showgrounds was named after him after he donated the timber for it to be built. He took over his father's farm in the 1940s in partnership with his brother Phillip.
Ashley Baigent died on 17 May 1958; Annie passed away on 19 August 1976, aged eighty-four.
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