After the devastating fire at Paraparaumu School, we were saddened to learn of the loss of archives and photographs.
The museum has copies of eleven of the photographs that were lost and we have now made copies of these and donated them to the school. We know it does not replace all that was lost, but it is hopefully of some help, especially with their upcoming celebration in November of 125 years as the Kapiti Coast’s oldest school.
We have this photo in our collection and we would like to know who these people are. In particular the gentleman standing on the left wearing a traditional Māori cloak (korowai). We have had a few suggestions but we are not sure and we would like to hear your thoughts.
Here is some background… This photograph was among the possessions of a serviceman who returned from World War Two. It has been mass produced by a photographic studio based in Petone (no longer in operation). The returned soldier was very involved in rugby and his community and he ran a business in Petone.
The ink stamp on the back reads: Photocraft Studio Jackson St Petone Tel 61-607.
Please contact us if you know, or you think you know! Thanks.