Title: W.G. Fortman War Memorials Postcard Collection
Date range of collection: c1920 - c1934
Scope and content note: Collection of black and white photographs and postcards of Memorials raised in response to the Boer War and First World War to commemorate the sacrifice of local and national communities.
Provenance: The collection was begun by Mr W.G. Fortman. At some point the collection was in the possession of the Brunswick Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (R.S.S.I.L.A). Later, the collection was handed to the Memorial, date unknown.
Extent: 1273 postcard in 27 small postcard albums.
Location: Published and Digitised Collections, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.
Processing history: The collection was originally listed on a card index (date unknown), organised by country and town (or, in the case of Australian postcards, by State and town). In 1997 an excel listing was created based on the old index cards. Some of the collection was rehoused in 2000, with the arrangement of the postcards based on the 1997 listing. The rest of the collection was rehoused in 2002. The excel listing was copied into an XML document in 2002.
Access: Open. Available for viewing in the Research Centre
Copyright: Contact Senior Curator Published & Digitised Collections
Preferred citation: W.G. Fortman War Memorials Postcard Collection, Published & Digitised Collections, Australian War Memorial
Mr W.G. Fortman, of Tinning Street, Brunswick, Victoria began collecting photographic postcards of war memorials in Australia and overseas. By 1931 he had 650 postcards in his collection. Articles in local newspapers brought public attention to his hobby and people from all over Australia and overseas began to send him postcards for his collection. By 1934 he had 1206 postcards. By the time Mr Fortman ceased collecting he held 1273 postcards of war memorials throughout the world.