Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives

Accession Number DACS0594
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original whole plate negative
Maker Darge Photographic Company
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c November 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 Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Leslie John Primrose, No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. 2nd Lt Primrose had initially enlisted with the rank of Private in the 10th Battalion. Following his promotion to Sergeant he underwent flying training and was promoted to Second Lieutenant and embarked with C Flight from Melbourne on RMS Omrah on 17 January 1917. Later transferring to No 2 Squadron, he was killed in action on 4 June 1918, aged 28, and was buried in the Catenoy French National Cemetery. 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.