The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt  tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia. The Thuillier collection covers many of the significant aspects of Australian involvement on the Western Front, from military life to the friendships and bonds formed between the soldiers and civilians.

The exhibition showcases a selection of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom prints and draws on the Memorial's own collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt collection

If you would like to ask a question about any of the images in Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. If you think you have identified a relative in one of the photographs in the Vignacourt collection, please contact our curators at photofilmsound@awm.gov.au.

Tour dates

Completed Dates

 

Queensland Museum

April - July 2014

State Library of SA

Aug - Oct 2014

State Library of NSW

Nov 2014 - Jan 2015

Western Australian Museum, Perth

June - Aug 2015

Western Australian Museum, Albany

Sept - Nov 2015

Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie

Dec 2015 - Feb 2016

Western Australian Museum, Geralton

Feb - May 2016

Glasshouse Gallery

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017

Pinnacles Gallery

Feb - April 2017

Hamilton Art Gallery

Jul - Sep 2017

Warwick Art Gallery

Jan - Feb 2018

Murray Bridge Gallery

Mar - Apr 2018

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

May - Jul 2018

Cowra Regional Art Gallery

July - Sept 2018

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Sept - Nov 2018

Courtesy Kerry Stokes collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection

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The Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection contains almost 4,000 glass-plate negatives depicting British, French, Australian, US, and Indian soldiers, Chinese labour corps, and French civilians. More than 800 of these glass-plate negatives featuring Australians were generously donated to the Memorial by Mr Kerry Stokes AC in August 2012. You can view all the Thuillier images donated to the Memorial on these webpages.

The Australian War Memorial’s exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt showcases 74 photographs specially hand-printed in the Memorial’s darkrooms from the original glass-plate negatives. You can see more images from The Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection on Seven Network’s Lost Diggers Facebook page.

Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt photographs
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