Object: Portrait of Gerald Gower (left) and Alfred Featherston Gower (right)
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|Title||Portrait of Gerald Gower (left) and Alfred Featherston Gower (right)|
Berry & Co (photography studio), 1917, 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|
Portrait of Gerald Gower, service number 55949 (left) with his brother Alfred Featherston Gower, service number 11/479
The only name inscribed by the Berry studio on the negative of this double portrait is 'Gower', but it is easy to tell the brothers apart. When Gerald Gower was medically examined just before he attested for service on 1 March 1917, his height was recorded as 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 metres). Alfred's height when he was examined on 23 April 1917 was recorded as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 metres). Standing proudly upright side by side, Gerald is clearly the taller of the two.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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