Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA16506
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 September 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 2802 Private (Pte) North Smith. A farm hand from Corowa, NSW prior to enlistment, Pte Smith embarked with the 6th Reinforcements, 58th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Nestor on 2 October 1916. On 27 September 1917, aged 20, he was killed in action near Polygon Wood and buried in the vicinity. Following the Armistice his remains could not be recovered and his is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930s, 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.

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