The Berry & Co. Collection, held by Te Papa Tongarewa (The National Museum of New Zealand), contains 93 portraits of Chinese New Zealanders from 1900 to the early 1930s, many are assumed to have been Wellington based. The collection comprises of approximately 3000 glass plate negatives, and were found in the 1990s by tenants of William Berry's (b 1858, d 1949) former studio at 147 Cuba Street (1905-1925, and possibly from 1945-1951). The same building also had Wong, Yung, Chough and Co, fruiterers (1910-1940), Young & Co, fruiterers (1945-1955) and New Asia Fruit Co, fruiterers (1961-1985) as tenants, which may be a factor in Wellington Chinese choosing to have their portraits taken by Berry.
The majority of the portraits are of men, reflecting the relatively low number of Chinese women in New Zealand at the time.
Many of the subjects of the portraits are unidentified, and those with inscriptions may refer to the person who paid for the portrait, rather then the subject themselves. Te Papa Tongarewa is requesting assistance in identify the subjects of these portraits.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Te Papa Tongarewa. (n.d.). Family Ties: Portraits of Chinese New Zealanders in the Berry & Co. Collection. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/8979
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Te Papa Tongarewa. (n.d.). Departing shots: Berry & Co portraits of World War One soldiers. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/648
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Early New Zealand Photography. (2008). Berry & Co. Retrieved 17 December 2017, from http://canterburyphotography.blogspot.com/2008/08/berry-co.html
- ↑ Wellington City Council Me Heke Ki Poneke. (2017). Wellington Heritage - Berry Building - 145 Cuba Street, 147 Cuba Street. Retrieved 17 December 2017, from http://www.wellingtoncityheritage.org.nz/buildings/1-150/82-2-berry-building?q=
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