Title / object name
Portrait of Thomas Christopher Gollins
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||April 1918 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
half plate (1/2)Classification
studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Thomas Christopher Gollins, service number 53492
Portrait of Thomas Christopher Gollins, wearing the uniform of a Private in the New Zealand Machine Gun Corps. He is wearing on his left sleeve the First-class 'Machine-gun Proficiency Badge' and also the 'Marksman's [crossed rifles] badge.
Private Thomas Christopher Gollins, service number 53492, was awarded the 'Machine-gun Proficiency Badge' at Featherston Training Camp in early April 1918, and sailed from Wellington with the 36th Reinforcements on 23 April. The photograph must therefore have been taken sometime in April 1918.I know who this is
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 email@example.com 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.