First World War Solider Portraits

Posted on December 12th, 2012

Recently a cache of glass plate negatives were found in a Wellington attic, the photographs are of First World War soldiers and Te Papa is looking for help from the public in identifying these men. See this link for the full story.

A similar collection of photographic negatives were found in Auckland in 1970. Of the 27,000 glass plate negatives by prominent photographer Herman John Schmidt 4,500 were portraits of First World War Soldiers. These have been scanned and are available in Auckland Libraries ¬†Heritage Images Online. Where possible these portraits have been identified, by careful checking of Nominal Rolls and Schmidt’s own registers. This is a magnificent collection showing brave young men leaving for and returning from the battlefield.


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