Until 22 April 2020, the genealogical website Myheritage.com is providing free access to an application on their website which automatically colourises old photos.
The examples provided on this page have been processed through the application and the results are varied. Some of the images do look a little washed out, and some of the interpretation of the colours is a bit off with khaki processed as blue and details such as hat puggarees not coming out correctly. However considering that the processing is automatic with no human intervention, the results are not too bad with many of the photos brought to life with details previously unseen in the original highlighted.
A Scene at Fort Britomart, Auckland, the 1860s. Shows soldiers from the Imperial Garrison,(Colourised). the Sir George Grey Special Collections in the Auckland City Library
Fort Ballance (including associated positions at Fort Gordon) (Colourised). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand,
New Zealand Supply Depot Staff at Zeitoun Camp, 1915 (Colourised). National Army Museum of New Zealand
Alexandra Barracks, Mount Cook Wellington (Colourised). Credit: Alexander Turnbull Library.
Mahanga Bay, Miramar, Wellington, c1910 (Colourised) Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
3 Supply Company Main Warehouse C1972
7 Petroleum Platoon (7 Pet Pl) at Annual Camp 1975 Waiouru Airfield
3 NZ Division Tricks and Tanks parked at Main Ordnance Depot, Mangere Bulk Depot on their Return from the Pacific in 1944. Alexander Turnbull Library
Central Districts Vehicle Depot and Central Districts Ordnance Depot, 1959