Photo: Herold Golden Wedding Anniversary

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Date: 1912 [unknown]
Location: South Africamap
Surnames/tags: Herold Barry
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This group portrait was taken for the Golden (Fiftieth) Wedding anniversary of Francis William Reitz Herold and Aletta Catharina Herold (née Barry). They were married on 6 November 1862 in Port Beaufort in the Cape, South Africa[1]. They are seated centered in the picture and are surrounded by their children.

Herold Golden Wedding

The photograph was found within the photo albums belonging to Patricia Kathleen Frayne (née Herold) after her death. The photo is mounted on thick cardboard with a paper ‘frame’ of sorts, set above the printed title “Golden Wedding” and date "1861--November 6th--1912". It is not in a good condition and has been been very crudely cut around the edges.

People in the picture:

In the middle row, seated, from left to right is Francis William Reitz Herold, Aletta Catharina Herold (nee Barry) and Joseph Francis Barry Herold.
Other photographs found within Patricia’s albums which were captioned with names have helped identify that the lady seated on the ground, wearing white, is Aletta Cornelia Herold. It is assumed then that the lady standing in middle of the back row is their other daughter, Maria Hester Johanna Herold.
Their other sons were Tobias John Henry Herold, Charles Willoughby Herold and Arthur Beaufort Herold, but as yet it's unclear which is which in this picture.

Aletta Catharina died 4 years after this picture was taken on 12 October 1916[2] at the age of 77, so ultimately, they were married for 54 years.


  1. Marriage record: "South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973", database, FamilySearch ( : 21 August 2020), Aletta Catharina Barry in entry for Francis William Reitz Herold, 1862.
  2. Aletta Catharina Herold's Death Notice: "South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 27 April 2020), Francis William Reitz Herold, 1916.



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