Title / object name
Portrait of Arthur Gamon
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1914-1920 |
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
This studio portrait shows Arthur Gamon service number 86241, daughter Kathleen, and wife Amy (nee Carr). The photo was taken at the Berry Co. photographers in Wellington, a well-known studio established in 1897 by William Berry. Many servicemen had their photos taken while on leave or before they left to fight in World War One.
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.
The identification of people in the Berry Co. photos is an ongoing project. If you have any information about the soldiers or other people in this collection we would like to hear from you. Please contact a history curator through our enquiry centre 04 381 7000 or email@example.com