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Object: Portrait of Herbert James Freeman with Marguerita Freeman and baby Zena

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Title Portrait of Herbert James Freeman with Marguerita Freeman and baby Zena
Production 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
Registration number B.045583

Herbert James Freeman, service number 48013

This studio portrait shows World War One soldier Herbert James Freeman, service number 48013, with his wife Marguerita and baby Zena. The family lived in Featherston where Herbert worked as a painter.

Herbert attested for service on 18 December 1916 but was granted leave for four months on the grounds of 'hardship' and due to the fact that his wife was 'a very delicate woman', she was probably pregnant at this time.

Herbert was based in New Zealand and trained at Trentham between March 1917 and 31 July 1918. He embarked for London on the Tofua, 1 August 1918 in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 42nd Reinforcements, D Company. He was based at Sling Camp in England for a short time at the end of the war, then returned to New Zealand on the Briton in June 1919.

Marguerite and Herbert had one other child during the war, Rita Haydon Freeman who was born on the 22.4.1918 a few months prior to Herbert's departure for London.

After the war the family lived in the Masterton area until 1928. Herbert and Marguerita had two more children, Leslie and Jack. They moved to Sydney for a few years but were back in New Zealand in 1930. Herbert and Marguerita lived in Hamilton for the rest of their lives. Herbert died on 7 May 1950 and Marguerita died in 1975.  Zena died in 2013.

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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.

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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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