This photo taken at Narrowneck (then known as ‘Narrow Neck’) in 1919 highlights friendships formed and friendships forming. Miss Mary Kramer-Walter (standing) and Christine Kruse Bartel (sitting left) had formed an enduring friendship when apparently at secondary school together (possibly at a Catholic boarding school in Rotorua). Mary was from Paengaroa, in the Bay of Plenty, NZ, and appears to have been living in Auckland at this time. During her visits to Narrowneck Camp to see the Bartels she met internee Karl Bunge (at back in middle) and a friendship developed which led to marriage in 1921.
Other people in this photo are: Mr Rudolf Berking (left at back), Max Bartel (right at back), Mr Gustav Kronfeld (sitting), Mrs Florrie Greig (visitor, on right).
Another internee Mr Wilhelm Hagedorn also met his future wife, Alice Borgolte, when she accompanied her parents on visits to the camp (see next image).
Credit: Bunge Family Collection, photographer Reinhold Hofmann.
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