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Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt

Two soldiers of the 1st Australian Division, 1916. Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, The Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection.In association with the Australian War Memorial, the Queensland Museum will host the Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition from April 5 2014.

Behind the front lines of the Somme, Vignacourt 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 local family took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

These photographs enabled soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones at home. Captured on glass, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs have endured to tell the story of Australian Diggers in their own voices.

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 features prints of 74 of the over 800 glass-plate negatives which were generously donated to the Memorial by Mr Kerry Stokes AC in 2012.

Queensland will be the first host for this travelling exhibition which will visit 22 locations around Australia over the next four years of Anzac commemorations.

The Remember Me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition will be at the Queensland Museum from 5 April – 20 July 2014.

Find out more about the exhibition from the Australian War Memorial.

Event Details

05 April 2014 - 20 July 2014