Posts categorized as History

The Berry Boys – another story from the photos featuring World War 1 soldiers

Medical Report for John Owen Clay. New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Records. Archives New Zealand.

One of the amazing things about researching the Berry and Co portraits is that with each identification comes new insight into World War 1. The stories behind the people and their experiences make what happened during the war more real and personal. One image in particular pulled at my heart-strings this month, that of John… Read more »

Fieldwork in the Subantarctic Islands, a hundred years ago

I’ve been enjoying our scientist’s fieldwork posts.  We have scientist’s photographs from several historic field trips in the photography collection.  My favourites are in this photo album from the 1907 Expedition to the Subantarctic Islands.  The Expedition was initiated by the Canterbury Philosophical Institute with support from the Government, and studied plants, animals, soils and marine life on the Auckland… Read more »

The Berry Boys – photos featuring New Zealand World War One Soldiers

The public interest following last month’s blog post was immense and extremely heart-warming. The reaction was helped along by an article in The Dominion Post on the 5 June entitled ‘Positive search via war negatives’ and an interview with Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand National.  The emails, phone calls and letters poured in. As… Read more »

2012 Costume and Textile Symposium – registrations open!

Portrait of Louise de Kerouaille by Henri Gascar ca. 1670 (Auckland Gallery of Art, Auckland New Zealand)

Registrations are now open for this year’s annual NZ Costume and Textile Association symposium – Town & Country. The symposium is being held in Nelson, which will hopefully live up to its sunny reputation come July. To download a registration form click here. This year the CTANZ is delighted to be hosting three speakers whose expertise will bring… Read more »

The Berry Boys – Photos featuring New Zealand World War One Soldiers

Te Papa has a wonderful collection of 172 portraits on glass plate negatives featuring World War One soldiers. These images were taken at the Berry & Co. photography studio in Wellington between about 1914 and 1919. The men in these images were about to enter into a life-changing event. Some would survive, a large number would… Read more »

Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe) (ME024035)

  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe). Te Papa (ME024035)
  • Memorial Cross. Margaret Marks

Whakaae-whenua – a recent acquisition Part of our roles as curators is to acquire, or purchase, taonga Māori (Māori treasures) to further strengthen and develop Te Papa’s collection. When considering taonga tūturu (customary taonga) for acquisition, it’s the interesting, the novel, and the extraordinary that we tend to focus on these days – not surprising… Read more »