Object: Portrait of Alick and Maud Blyth
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|Title||Portrait of Alick and Maud Blyth|
Berry & Co (photography studio), August 1918, 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 Alick and Maud Blyth
We believe that this is a portrait of Alick Blyth and his wife Maud, whom he had married in Sydney in February 1915. The only identifying badge Alick wears on his uniform is that of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (1st NZEF), which was a standard badge used by the 34th Reinforcements onwards. The Blyths ordered three postcards and twelve cabinet-size prints of this image.
Alick was born in Temuka on 31 October 1891 to Thomas and Mary Blyth, both of whom hailed originally from Scotland. When Alick, who was six foot tall and 167 pounds, enlisted in April 1918 he was twenty-six years old, working as a labourer at Staveley, Canterbury. Following training at Trentham, he embarked for England on 2 October 1918 with the 43rd Reinforcements. On 11 November, while they were still at sea, the Armistice was signed. Alick marched into Sling Camp and remained there until July 1919 when he was shipped back to New Zealand and discharged.
The couple returned to Australia after the war. Alick died in Sydney on 8 June 1965 and Maud had predeceased him in 1956
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