Colour brings past to life

Northern Outlook - - WHAT’S ON - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

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.

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