ANZAC Day 2016: The Glass Treasures of Vignacourt.

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The mind is an unexplored country.

In 2010 Australian photographer Ross Coulthart became aware of a collection of photos from the First World War. They were the work of Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, photographers in the northern town of Vignacourt. Most of the photos discovered to that time featured British soldiers, but here and there Australian Diggers were seen in the background. Coulthart, with assistance from professional and amateur historians, was able to meet in 2011 with the descendants of the Thuilliers. They took him to the farmhouse attic and, for the first time in nearly a century, the glass plates that preserved the images of many hundreds of Australian soldiers saw the light of day.

Group portrait of four members of the 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. The two soldiers in the front row hold bottles of French wine. Identified in this photograph are 3750 Corporal (Cpl) Robert Chaffey Stuart (third from left) and 3489 Private (Pte) John Charles Bitton (fourth from left). Stuart, a labourer from Naracoorte SA, embarked with the 12th Battalion in December 1915, was transferred to the 52nd Battalion in March 1916, and then to the 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery in July of the same year. In January 1919 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Bitton, a labourer from Maylands WA, embarked with the 28th Battalion in January 1916, Group portrait of four members of the 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery.  Far right:  Private John Bitton from Maylands WA. Second from right: Corporal Robert Stuart from Naraccoorte SA.  Stuart was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1919.

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  1. #1 by Gregoryno6 on April 25, 2016 - 9:34 AM

    Thanks again, JP. The links I’ve added are worth following. Those old photos weren’t just found; they were rescued.

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