'New Reading Room On Day Of Announcement Of Peace In South Africa'. A photograph, probably in Halstead, Essex, with two women holdiing a flag, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams on 2 June 1902. The women are celebrating the announcement of peace with South Africa after the Treaty of Vereeniging had ended the Boer War (1899-1902). Edgar Tarry Adams was a wealthy and dedicated amateur photographer. The owner of a brewery in Halstead, Essex, he was a figure of authority and played a prominent role in local affairs. His interests were many and varied. Adams first took up photography in the 1880s and carried on taking photographs until after World War One, creating a fascinating social record of his family, friends and interests.
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