Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA16373
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 2 November 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 5946 Private (Pte) William Henry Charles Baker. A labourer from Newport, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Baker had previously embarked for overseas service with C Company, 23rd Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Euripides on 10 May 1915 but had become ill and returned to Australia and was medically discharged. Following his recovery he re-embarked for overseas service with the 16th Reinforcements, 23rd Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Nestor on 2 October 1916. Later re-allocated his original service number of 499, he was wounded in action at Bullecourt. On 4 May 1917 he succumbed to his wounds and was buried in the Grevillers British Cemetery, Picardie, France. 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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