|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Goulburn|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Group portrait of troops outside the Drill Hall at Goulburn Training Camp. Identified in the ...
Group portrait of troops outside the Drill Hall at Goulburn Training Camp. Identified in the picture (third row, 11th from right) is 5435 Private (Pte) William Joseph Punch, 1st Battalion. William Punch was the sole survivor of a massacre carried out by white settlers in 1880. An infant at the time, he was adopted and raised by a white farming family in Goulburn, New South Wales. Despite restrictions on Aboriginal service, William enlisted in December 1915 and served with the 1st Battalion, AIF, and later, the 53rd Battalion. He was wounded in April 1917 and subsequently evacuated to England for treatment. He died four months later of pneumonia and was buried with full military honours in East Cemetery in Boscombe, England. Another (unidentified) Aboriginal person is standing in the back row, 13th from left, in front of the open window. (Donor: A Speer).
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