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Ambrotype portrait of John Oxenham (presumed left) and Frank Standish (presumed right). Both men are seated on a lounger. Oxenham is wearing a casual shirt and is looking at the camera. Standish is wearing a jacket and bow tie and is looking away from the camera. The ambrotype is surrounded by a plain metal matt with embossed gold metal edging and is contained in a plain maroon/brown leather case with painted gold patterns around the edge. The case has lost its lid. There are two clasps mounted along the top edge of the case (if oriented per image). Both men were scouts and dispatch riders in the First Taranaki War, 1860-61.
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An ambrotype portrait of Sgt. William Hancock Bosworth, who fought in the New Zealand Wars and the Crimean War. Bosworth married Elizabeth Bourns in 1847 when stationed in Ireland with the 49th British Regiment. He transfered to the 57th Regiment prior to the Crimea War and the family was posted to India and then to Taranaki in 1861. On retirement from the army Sgt. Bosworth opted to remain in New Plymouth where he became gaoler and governer of New Plymouth prison which he had built using convict labour, while Elizabeth worked as the matron.

Bosworth is seated and is wearing his military uniform. He is looking away from the camera. Contained in a leather case with double clasps on the right hand side. Inside of lid is lined with embossed velvet.
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Hand tinted ambrotype portrait of Mary Hood (nee Lye), wife of Archibald Hood. Mary is seated and is wearing a formal dress. An earring, a brooch at her neck, a necklace, a belt and a ring on each finger have been hand tinted gold. Her face and hands have been tinted pink. One arm rests on a table beside her, which also holds a book. The table cloth on the table has been tinted green. The image background appears to have been overpainted. The ambrotype has been broken and the lower portion of it has been either replaced upside down or replaced with painted glass. The ambrotype is surrounded by an oval embossed gold metal matt with an embossed metal edge. The matted portrait is housed in a wooden frame instead of a case.

Mary Lye was born in Martock, Somersetshire, England, and was baptised in 1822. She arrived in New Plymouth aboard the 'William Bryan' with her family in 1842. She met her first husband, Peter Facey Hoskin, aboard the 'William Bryan'. They married shortly after. Mary was involved in the running of Hoskin's general store, which sold groceries, haberdashery and fancy goods. The store was sold to H. J. Honeyfield in 1859 and the remainder of the Hoskin family business moved to larger premises in Victoria House. When war broke out in Taranaki in 1860, Mary was one of the few women to refuse to be evacuated with other women and children to Nelson. Victoria House was comandeered for use in the wars. Hoskin died on 22 October 1860 and Mary married Archibald Hood on 30 January 1862. She continued to contribute to the running of Victoria House, despite the death of Hoskin and the store coming to be known as 'Mr Hood's store' by 1864. Despite having 10 children to Hoskin and two with Hood, she successfully negotiated the demands of both the business and family life. She died in 1902.
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Photograph of the 50th Regiment on parade in St. Michaels Square, site of Central School grounds in New Plymouth. Members of the band stand at the front of the formation on the left hand side of the image; they are holding their instruments. Regular soldiers stand behind them with their rifles or swords. There are two structures vaguely visible in the background on the right.
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Photograph of a group of Taranaki Military Settlers standing in two rows in front of buildings/whares at Pukearuhe. The men are dressed in military uniform and are wearing their packs and holding rifles. The soldiers at the ends of the rows hold swords. There is a dog lying in front of the men on the right hand side of the image. The location of the camp might have been White Cliffs/Pukearuhe. On the left hand side of the company is Ensign Von Rotter, Lieutenant Bamber Gascoigne is on the right hand side. Captain William Messenger is said to be located in the background on the right hand side. The whare on the right hand side of the image belonged to Gascoigne and his family.
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Photograph of some of the Armed Constabulary in bush clothing (wearing "shawl-kilts") with group of Maori men and women. The Maori are seated on the ground along with some of the Armed Constabulary. The Armed Constabulary are holding guns and many of them are wearing hats. Photograph is mounted on card.
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Photograph of soldiers standing on either side of a target in front of Marsland Hill Barracks. Soldiers in the front row are seated on the ground while others stand in the background. Most of the men hold rifles. Right hand side of target, seated (left to right): Major Tuke (?), R. Cook (?), unidentified, T. Bland (?).
Second row: W. Lawerance, R. Olsen, T. Turpline (?), T. Veale (?), M. Ellen, E. Hemploman (?).
Left hand side of target, standing (left to right): R.K. Collis, Colonel Ellis, W.B. Davies. The remaining men are unidentified.
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View of cricket match at Whitecliffs, Pukearuhe of Armed Constabulary Station (No. 9 Company, Taranaki Military Settlers, NCOs). Thatched huts visible in background.
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Five part panorama of New Plymouth from Marsland Hill. St Mary's Church is pictured in the middle of the panorama.
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Five photographs with annotations beneath matted together. Two hand drawn illustrations have been added to the mat by D. Blair. The main annotations read: "Presented to Colonel Charles Stapp NZM / Royal Rangitikei Rifles / on his giving up command of the Rangitikei District / April 1891". The photographs depict the drill shed in Marton, officers, non-commissioned officers and a military band.
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A profile head and shoulder photographic portrait depicting an unidentified military officer. He wears a peaked cap, dress jacket, bandolier over his right shoulder and has a small moustache. This is contained in a rectangular frame with an oval window, brown veneer matt, and glazing.
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Photographic print of a lithograph of the bust of General Henry J. Warre. Warre is dressed in military uniform and is wearing his war medals. The image is quite large and has been copied onto cream coloured paper.
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Portrait of Private Donald Hugh Jonas, who died of wounds at Tobruk, Libya during World War II. He is buried at the Tobruk War Cemetery.
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Photographic print recording the first reunion of the Waireka Veterans. Depicts a group of men in civilian clothing in front of the Provincial and Borough Chambers, King Street. Names inscribed on the photo mount are as follows:
W. Berridge
G. Hoby
Wm. Bayly
W. Marshall
E. Bullott
Thomas Allen
Lieutenant H.Y. Brown
Lieutenant William Free
Captain Mat Jonas
Colonel Stapp
Major Chas. Brown
Captain Jas. McKellar
Thomas Veale
Thomas McGuines
James Honeyfield
W.D. Webster
Captain William Newland
Matt Carrier
William Smart
Geo. Haig
W. Wilson
William Tatton
Robt. Baker
Erasmus Armitage
Henry Hooker
Frank Oliver
Joe Ward
William Pearce
W.J. Grayling
Ben Bishop
Geo. Robinson
Sam Allan
Sam Loveridge
John Andrews
Jas Pearn Kenyon
Captain Frank J. Mace
Captain F.L. Webster
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H.R.H. The Duke of York, accompanied by Archdeacon Evans, greeting New Zealand war veterans at Pukekura Park, March, 1927. Pictured: Mr Meredith, Mr T. Williams, Mr J. Andrews, Mr J. Hislop, Mr C. Greenaway, Mr G. Binnie.
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Head and shoulders portrait of Corporal Leslie P. Sole, who died of wounds at Gallipolli on 9 May 1915. Sole is depicted in military uniform. The photograph has been touched up by hand and given a soft, painterly appearance. The photograph is matted and below the image there is a small cut out in the mat with the words "Corporal Leslie P. Sole / Died of wounds, May 9th, 1915" written by hand.

A newspaper clipping from The Taranaki Herald (dated Thursday, September 9, 1915) adhered to rear reads: "Lieutenant F. Hartnell, writing of the engagement at Gallipoli in which Corporal Les. Sole fell mortally wounded says: "The advance of C Company (Taranaki) was, to use the words of an Imperial officer of repute, 'the finest thing I have ever seen.' The man who lead Taranaki's advance line of scouts in this advance was our late Comrade, Corporal Sole, New Zealand has sent many men to the front who physically were his superior but for downright British grit none could displace him. Truely can it be said he died one of New Zealand's heroes".
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Garden Party at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth. Possibly a Victoria League luncheon. Union Jack flags flying in the background and trestle tables laden with teapots and tableware. Party mainly consists of female guests.
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Carte-de-visite of Doctor Richard George Clarke Spence, Surgeon of the Taranaki Rifle Volunteers No. 2 Company. Spence is dressed in military uniform. He is leaning his right arm on a pedestal and his left arm is on his hip. His sword hangs from his left side and the tip rests on the floor. There is a curtain on the right hand side of the photograph. Image was taken in a photographic studio.
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Panorama of upper lake at Pukekura Park (New Plymouth), c.1918. Plate one of two.
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Panoramic photograph on textured paper of an outdoor boxing match between Tommy Donovan, a fireman from Waitara, and American Pete Sarron at Western Park, New Plymouth, 15 March 1930. Boxing ring pictured on left of image with seating arranged in a circle around boxing ring. Several marquees set up on park grounds behind ring. Large crowd of spectators seated around the terraces of the park. Most spectators, including women, are wearing hats.
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Large glass plate negative depicting Mt Taranaki in background with Waihi Cemetery in the centre foreground - main section of cemetery enclosed within square section of white picket fencing with several tall trees inside. Several independent grave sites, also enclosed in picket fencing, on either side of main area. Contained in a 45 x 37.5 x 3cm wooden frame with lift off hinged back and two long wide spring steel locking bars.
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Framed memorial photograph distributed by the Director of Graves Registration & Enquiries of Private Charles Lawrence Sattler's grave. Sattler was killed in action October 30th, 1916. On the right side is a silver gelatin photograph of Private Sattler's grave which consists of a white wooden cross inscribed with the following details: "In Memory of 157 84 Pte C. L. Sattler 2nd W.I.B. NZEF Killed in Action Oct. 30 1916." "E.Z. 6" in inscribed lower left corner of photograph. On the left side is the official documentation from the Director of Graves Registration & Enquiries which provides the following information:
Regiment: 2/Wellington Inf New Zealand;
Position of Grave: Cite' Bonjean Military Cemetary;
Nearest Railway Station: Armentieres.
The number of this particular photograph is 8/14318.
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Framed portrait of an unidentified Royal Naval Air Serviceman in military uniform. The man is seated on a wooden chair and is holding a whip. The background of the photograph has been removed.
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Photograph of Te Whiti's house at Parihaka. Te Whiti's whanau stands in front of the house - small children are seated on the ground and various older members stand/sit on the porch, stairs, and in front of the house. The hills of Parihaka can be seen in the background.
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View from Women's Rest Rooms looking west toward Ariki Street and St. Aubyn Street, showing work on the bridge over the Huatoki Stream, White Star bus services, Acadia, Wilkinson building etc.
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