Title / object name
Portrait of Ashley Heath Baigent
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio || 1917 |
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
Ashley Heath Baigent, service number 42970
This studio portrait shows a man in World War One military uniform with a bandolier over his left shoulder. His regimental badges indicate that he was in the 25th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery.
The soldier in this image has been identified as Ashley Heath Baigent. Ashley was a farmer from Takaka at the time he attested for service on 8 January 1917. He was assigned to the NZFA New Zealand Field Artillery's 25th Reinforcements but was found to have a goitre and therefore 'unfit for active service'.
After the war Ashley became the director of the Nelson Freezing Works and a 'fat stock buyer' for many years. He was also a County Councillor and a member of the Takaka Show Committee. An Inn at the Takaka Showgrounds was named after him after he donated the timber for it to be built. He took over his father's farm in the 1940s in partnership with his brother Phillip. (Information from the Baigent Family Reunion publication, 1992)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.