Colour brings past to life
When Cathy Henderson from Rangiora visited The Great War Exhibition with her grandson, the last thing she expected to see was her uncle and his newly married wife, in full colour, waving farewell to her father’s ship as he headed off to the First World War.
Albert Stevens was in Lyttelton with his wife Maude Clemens, on honeymoon, to farewell his brother, Reginald Stevens, who was on a ship in the first convoy going to Egypt in September 1914.
What’s more, the image was in full colour, thanks to the image colourisation techniques used by Sir Peter Jackson’s team, who created the exhibition which is running at Wellington’s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Henderson said she had only ever seen the image in black and white before.
‘‘He left on one of the first ships sent to war, I think it was the Tahiti. He was given the job as a signal officer...They stopped in Australia and went through the Suez Canal.’’
Her grandson Conor, a classics and political science student, said it was fantastic to see his great uncle in the photo at the exhibition.
‘‘I’ve spent a good portion of last year writing the story of my great grandfather so to see the context in which he grew up and the people he grew up with, in pictures in museums is incredible.’’
Cathy Henderson and her grandson Conor Grice were thrilled to see this colour image of her uncle and aunt in The Great War Exhibition.