Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DA15624
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 15 June 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 2181 Private (Pte) William George Graham, 47th Battalion. A boundary rider from Daylesford, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Graham embarked with the 4th Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Orsova on 1 August 1916. Later transferring to the 7th Company Australian Army Service Corps with the rank of Driver, he was killed in action on 19 October 1917 and was buried in the White House Cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres, Belgium. His three brothers, 4812 Driver Robert Graham, 19 Pte Roy Stewart Graham and 67 Gunner Thomas Graham MM also served in the AIF. 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.

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