Vziheo Fehervar [translated Hungarian: near Fehervar]

Place Europe: Hungary
Accession Number ART50045
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 10 x 13.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Gardener, Arthur
Place made Hungary
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts two peasant women and cilivians in a group, a gentleman leaning against a wall and a soldier wearing a cap and jacket depicted near Fehervar in Hungary. The artist changed his name from Baumgarten to Gardener after he migrated to Australia at the age of 30 on the 8th of March 1938, landing at Fremantle. "I was prompted to this decision by economic and political reasons, seeing no future for me and my wife in fascistic Austria under Schuschnig's government" he wrote. He had served as an artillery photographer with the Imperial Austra-Hungarian Army, and following this set up his own photographic studio. Following this he worked as a salesman at the Australian Fiat Automobile works in Vienna before being dismissed from office after the German occupation. In Australia, at the age of 58, Private Arthur Gardener, assisted in the efforts of the Second World War on the home front in the 3rd Australian Employment Coy (N303400).