Mounted and signed formal group portrait showing 14 senior officers of the Citizen Forces with ...

Accession Number P06961.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Norman & Co
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made November 1909
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Period 1900-1909

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Mounted and signed formal group portrait showing 14 senior officers of the Citizen Forces with the former British Army officer, Colonel (Col) Hubert Foster (1855-1919), at the University of Sydney. Col Foster (Royal Engineers) saw service in the Egyptian War of 1882 and had been quartermaster general of the Canadian Military Forces during the South African War. In 1906 he accepted the newly created appointment of Director of Military Science at the university. He lectured there and in addition conducted special courses for officers of the Australian Military Forces, many of whom would go on to hold senior commands and staff appointments during the First World War. The officers in this portrait attended a course of instruction in Staff Duties held between 11 to 23 October 1909. Included in the group are from left to right, top row: Captain (Capt) (later Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sir) James Thomas Hardie; Major (Maj) (later Lt Col) Donald Murray Coghill, 1st Battalion, 10th A.I. Regiment; Maj Harold H Waddell, 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Maj F Howard Russel, A.F.A.; Major Charles Herbert Davis, 2nd Battalion, 8th AI Regiment; Maj C A H Watson; Maj C Battye, S.O. Fremantle Defences; bottom row: Lt Col Daniel Findlater, 16th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Lt Col (later General Sir) John Monash, Australian Intelligence Corps; Captain R P Smith, A.F.A.; Col Hubert Foster; Lt Col Rupert CG Carington (later 4th Baron Carington), 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment; Lt Col JC Strickland, O.C. Fremantle Defences; J H Courtney, 1st Battalion, 5th A.I. Regiment.