Title / object name
Portrait of Arthur Gamon, Amy Gamon and their daughter Kathleen Gamon
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1914-1919 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
half plate (1/2)Classification
group portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Arthur Gamon, serial number 86241
This studio portrait shows Arthur Gamon service number 86241, daughter Kathleen, and wife Amy (nee Carr).
Arthur was born in Cheshire, England in 1880 where he lived until 1912 when he left aboard a ship from the Shaw Savill & Albion Company, bound for Wellington. It appears that he was accompanied by his brother Harold who would later go on to fight in World War One with the 4th Reinforcements of the Otago Infantry Battalion.
Arthur was a Grocer's Assistant before the war, and went on to serve as a Private with the New Zealand Medical Corps from May 1918. It is difficult to ascertain where he served, but it is clear that he was granted Leave Without Pay in March 1919 as the military services were demobilised.
Arthur, who had married Amy in 1914, passed away in 1963 leaving behind daughters Kathleen and Nora. His service number was 86241.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.