A ruined building in Cairo's Wagh-el-Bukh district, the result of a riot by Australian and New ...

Accession Number P04752.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker McMaster, Joseph
Place made Egypt: Cairo
Date made c 2 April 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A ruined building in Cairo's Wagh-el-Bukh district, the result of a riot by Australian and New Zealand servicemen in Egypt. The riot, known as the Battle of the Wazza was started in the brothel district. After four months of solid training and advice they would soon be going to the Front, only a quarter of men were granted leave around Good Friday of 1915. A build up of resentment over a variety of issues, including robberies, overpriced liquor, and the high incidence of venereal disease, resulted in the riot.

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