Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA12606
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 28 November 1915
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 1306 Trooper (Tpr) Edwin George Bush, 13th Light Horse Regiment. A farmer from Belmont, Victoria, prior to enlistment on 13 July 1915, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic on 23 November 1915 for Egypt. The regiment relocated to England in May 1916 before proceeding to the Western Front, France in August 1916. Tpr Bush was wounded in action near Poperinghe, Belgium, on 3 November 1917 and died of these wounds the following day at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium. He was aged 26 years. 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.