Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA14670
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 4 May 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 5179 Private (Pte) George William Henry Richardson, 7th Battalion who was a 24 year old labourer from Oakleigh, Victoria, when he re-enlisted and embarked for overseas with the 16th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 1 April 1916 aboard HMAT Suffolk. He had previously enlisted on 3 November 1914, serving for 141 days before being discharged 'in consequence of refusing inoculation'. Pte Richardson transferred to the 59th Battalion in Egypt and embarked with them for France, arriving on 30 June 1916. On 6 March 1917, he was wounded in action and died of those wounds on 15 March 1917. He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. 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. The names are transcribed as they appear in the notebooks.

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