Series 236/1 - World War 1 photograph albums

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AU AU-MTC 236/1


World War 1 photograph albums


  • 1916-1917 (Creation)

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2 albums, black and white positive prints

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Biographical history

Cecil Green was born in Christchurch, NZ, and became a carpenter. He enlisted in 1915 at the age of 27, and served in the 8th Training Battalion. He returned to Australia after the war and lived in Croydon.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mark Thompson in the late 1980s. He received the albums from his grandmother, who had lived in the house in Croydon NSW built by Cecil Green when he returned to Australia after the war. Mark's grandparents moved into the house when Mr Green was elderly to care for him. On his death the house and contents were given to them.

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The photographs are mainly of towns and countryside in England and Ireland where Cecil Green was stationed for training, and portraits of other soldiers and officers. They were part of the 8th Training Battalion, which was the training battalion of the 8th Brigade of the 5th Division AIF. Green was a private and in Album 2 he is seen with an inverted chevron on his lower left arm denoting that he has been on active duty at the front in France in the winter/spring of 1916/17.

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Unrestricted. Handle with care.

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Copyright expired in Australia - photographs were taken before 1955.

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These albums have been digitised and the digital copies are available on the Ark Repository:

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Extensive research has been undertaken on the provenance and content of these albums by Jim Boyce and Stuart Braga. Their reports are available on the Ark Repository:

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  • Shelf: H 11