Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA12531
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 23 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 3681 Private (Pte) Frederick Gordon Thomas Atkinson. A sheet metal worker from Coburg, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Atkinson embarked with the 12th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Ceramic on 23 November 1915. Later transferring to the 60th Battalion he was wounded in the arms and buttock and evacuated to the 5th Australian Casualty Clearing Station. On 31 March 1917 he succumbed to his wounds and was buried in the Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Aveluy, France. His brother, 1875 Pte Raymond Leslie Atkinson was killed in action on 6 August 1916. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a permit 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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