Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA16597
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows
Date made c 26 October 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of 456 Private James Xavier Brady, 3rd Machine Gun Company. A contractor from Warwick, Queensland prior to enlistment on 10 February 1916, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ulysses on 25 October 1916 for Plymouth, England. He remained in England at the Machine Gun Training Battalion in Grantham until joining the 7th Machine Gun Company in France on 10 December 1917. In August 1918 he was hospitalised with trench fever and evacuated to the Bath War Hospital, England. Pte Brady returned to Australia in February 1919 and was discharged on 28 March 1919. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930's, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers' notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative.