Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number DACS0292
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company (Photographer)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c June 1916


Studio portrait of 1359 Driver Harold John Niven, 19th Battalion from Caulfield, Victoria. A 21 year old orchardist prior to enlistment on 2 April 1915, he embarked for overseas with the Transport Section from Sydney on 6 July 1915 aboard SS Hobart. While serving on the Western Front, he was promoted to Temporary Corporal on 6 January 1917 and then accidentally killed in a railway accident on 14 February 1917. He is buried in the Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery, Rouen, France. 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. The names are transcribed as they appear in the notebooks.