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Object: Portrait of Mary and Arthur Scambary

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Title Portrait of Mary and Arthur Scambary
Production Berry, William (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.046398

Arthur James Scambary and Mary Scambary

Arthur and Mary (known as Molly) Scambary were married on 4 November 1916. Born on 18 May, 1890, Arthur was originally from New South Wales, and came to New Zealand in 1903 or 1904. Like his five Australian-born brothers, he was to serve with the New Zealand forces.  Arthur lived in the Wellington suburcb of Kilbirnie, working as a carpenter for L. Driscoll, a builder and decorator in Seatoun.

Arthur first volunteered for service in January 1916, but was turned down because he suffered  from chronic sycosis, a skin condition. Vision in his right eye was variable too, as a result of a blow to the face five years earlier.

After applying again - successfully - in April 1917, Arthur was posted to the 28th Reinforcements, and later transferred to the 32nd Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery. But he was never to serve overseas. At a medical examination at Featherston Military Hospital in October that year, he was diagnosed with ear trouble, apparently resulting from a pre-exisiting case of scarlet fever. The examiners found him 'unfit for service' for an 'indefinite' period, and recommended he be discharged.

Artur returned to civilian life, and on 7 August 1918, he and Molly had a son.  Arthur died on 31 December 1958, aged sixty-nine.  Mary died on 13 September 1965, aged  seventy-four. They are buried together at Karori.   

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