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. 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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