Title / object name
Portrait of Mary and Arthur Scambary
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1917 |
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
This studio portrait shows Private Arthur James Scambary, service number 56035, with his new wife Mary (Molly) Scambary. 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 originally from Australia but like his brothers, Walter, Norman, Tom, John and Francis (Frank), he served with the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Arthur volunteered for service first in January 1916 and then in April 1917 but was discharged due to an illness about six months later.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org