Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA13176
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 22 December 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of 3592 Private (Pte) John Charles MacNab and an unidentified woman. A clerk from Williamstown, Victoria prior to enlistment and embarked with the 8th Reinforcements, 22nd Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Afric on 5 January 1916. He later served with the 57th and 58th Battalions and was promoted to Acting Corporal while serving with the latter. Subsequently transferring to the 15th Machine Gun Battalion was killed in action on 24 September 1917 at Polygon Wood. Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a permit 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. See also DA12729.

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