Title / object name
Portrait of James Frederick Carnes and an unidentified woman
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photographer ||1918 |
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
|180 (Height) x 163 (Length)|
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
James Frederick Carnes, serial number 76732
This studio portrait shows Private James Frederick Carnes with an unknown woman (seated).
James was 23 years old when he attested for service in December 1916. At this time he worked as a laborer at N.Z. Refrigerating Co. in Wanganui, but he was originally from Australia.
He embarked on the Tahiti from Wellington, 10 July 1918 as part of the 40th Reinforcements, E Company. While on the journey to Europe James became sick and died of influenza, he was buried at sea en route, 4 September 1918. The Tahiti had the highest number of influenza cases of any New Zealand ship during World War One. Of the 1217 people on board 90% became sick with influenza, 68 people died on the ship and a further 9 died after arriving in England.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.