|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
Darge Photographic Company
|Date made||c May 1915|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives
Portrait of Captain W G Bateman, 21st Battalion, probably Major (Maj) William Joseph Bateman. A high school teacher from Maryborough, Victoria prior to enlistment, Maj Bateman embarked from Melbourne with Headquarters, 21st Battalion, aboard HMAT Ulysses (A38) on 10 May 1915. Bateman served in many additional battalions including the 17th, 19th and 24th, and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to Australia on 18 July 1919. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a 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. See also DA09028 and DA09028A.