Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DAOD0230
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 October 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Outdoor portrait of 51 Corporal (Cpl) Herbert Maurice Robertshaw, 6th Battalion from North Carlton, Victoria. A 27 year old student prior to enlisting on 17 August 1914, he embarked for overseas with A Company from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 aboard HMAT Hororata (A20). After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving on 2 December. It later took part in the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915, as part of the second wave when Cpl Robertshaw was killed in action. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave. 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.

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