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Object: Portrait of Richard Arthur Williamson

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Title Portrait of Richard Arthur Williamson
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.045599

Richard Arthur Williamson, serial number 46155

This studio portrait shows Corporal Richard Arthur Williamson, service number 46155.

Richard was 20 years old when he attested for service in December 1916. At the time he was working as a farmer for F.T. Williamson in Gordonton, a small town in the Waikato region. His parents, Alexander and Emma Williamson were living in Lower Hutt at this time and Alexander was listed as his next-of-kin.

Richard embarked on the Tofua from Wellington, 26 April 1917 as part of the 25th Reinforcements, E Company. It appears that Richard mostly fought in France and was wounded in April 1918 and was discharged to New Zealand in June and August of that same year but did not leave for New Zealand until 1919.

After the war Richard lived in Puketaha in Waikato and became a farmer. We think that Richard served as part of the Home Guard in the Second World War by which time he was married to Elizabeth Mary Riddell and the couple had two children. Richard died in 1981 aged 84, in Rotorua Hospital.

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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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