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ID number P10966.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Edwards & Errington (Photographer)
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Date made c 1914 - 1918


Studio portrait of an indigenous soldier, probably 2597 Private (Pte) Frederick Prentice, 12th Battalion, and later 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion. On the verso of the photograph is an original message "Just a little card to remember the good times at Paratoo." This postcard was sent to a friend, Gertrude Fitzgerald, who he knew at Paratoo, SA. Born in Powells Creek, Northern, NT, on 18 January 1894, Pte Prentice was educated at Kyre College (later part of Scotch College), Adelaide, from 1905 to 1908. After his schooling he then returned to the Northern Territory to become a station hand. He enlisted on 7 May 1915 in Keswick, SA, and won a Military Medal for his actions on 19 July 1916 at Pozieres, France, where he showed great courage, resource and ability in bringing machine guns and ammunition through the enemy barrage in the dark and across broken ground. Frederick Prentice returned to Australia as a Corporal on 12 May 1919.