Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DACS0276
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c June 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Portrait of H Knight copied for the Cobram Honour Roll. The soldier is probably 2595 Private (Pte) Hugh Menoak Knight a farm employee from Cobram, Victoria, prior to enlistment. Pte Knight embarked from Melbourne with his brother, 2594 Pte Bertie Rowbottom Knight, with the 8th Reinforcements, 7th Battalion aboard HMAT Anchises (A68) on 26 August 1915. Pte Hugh Knight was wounded in France and returned to Australia on 4 May 1917 suffering from shellshock. His brother Bertie was killed in action on 27 June 1918 in Belgium. (See also DACS0455 and DACS0275). During the First World War the Cobram and District Soldiers Fund initiated a project to create a Cobram Honour Roll. It was to include portraits of servicemen who had links to the Cobram area. The Fund arranged for portraits to be copied by the Darge Photographic Company at its Collins Street Studio, Melbourne. Around 100 copy prints were supplied by the Darge company but it is not known if the roll was ever constructed. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased 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. See also DACS0455.

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