About the Berry Boys

The Berry Boys exhibition, opens 18 Apr 2014, Level 4

In the lead-up to the World War I centenary (2014–19), Te Papa is working to identify a group of mystery soldiers and their loved ones. We call them the Berry Boys, and they feature in an intimate exhibition opening at Te Papa on 18 April 2014.

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 any descendants still alive? If so, we want to make contact to learn more about their lives.

On 29 September 2013, TVNZ’s Sunday programme spread the word. A documentary about the Berry Boys – and the stories you have helped us to unearth – will screen later 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.
WW100.govt.nz
Research resources on WW100.govt.nz