About the project
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.
Now all we have of them is a glass negative, and a surname. But who were they? What happened to them in the war? Do they have descendants still alive?
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.
On 29 September 2013, TVNZ’s Sunday programme helped us spread the word. A documentary about the Berry Boys – and the stories you help us unearth – will screen in 2014.
Find out more
Go to Collections Online for more information about the Berry Boys, to search photographs by name, and for links to external sites that can assist your research.
Berry Boys on Collections Online
Visit Te Papa’s blog for up-to-date information about progress identifying soldiers and detailed accounts of staff and public research on the Berry & Co collection.
Berry Boys posts on Te Papa’s blog
WW100 is the New Zealand Government’s programme to mark the World War I centenary (2014–18). Visit the WW100 website for information about the commemorations, and to get involved.
Research resources on WW100.govt.nz