Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Unit 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade
Accession Number DA14044
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 23 February 1916
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 1974 Private (Pte) Ernest Ottoff Brutton, 31st Battalion. Originally from Riga, Russia, Pte Brutton was a seaman based in Sydney prior to enlistment and embarked with the 3rd Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Ballarat on 19 February 1916.After transferring to the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column with the rank of Gunner, then to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, he was gassed. Later developing renal problems, he returned to Australia on 23 September 1918. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had the concession 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.