Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA15669
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 19 June 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 6021 Private (Pte) Allan Gordon Graham and Rokahr - either 6552 Pte Walter George Rokahr or his brother 6555 Pte Wilfred Ernest Rokahr. Pte Graham, a farmer from Gama, Victoria prior to enlistment embarked with the 19th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles on 28 July 1916. Later transferring to the 38th Battalion, he was killed in action on 25 February 1917 and was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France. Pte Walter Rokahr, and Pte Wilfred Rokahr, both from Dunolly, Victoria, embarked together with the 21st Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Nestor on 2 October 1916. Pte Walter Rokahr was killed in action in France on 25 August 1918 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Pte Wilfred Rokahr died on 4 October 1917 from wounds received in action and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium. 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 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. See also DA15670.

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