One of 22 photographs taken whilst H.V. McKay was in France and Belgium shortly after the First World War. Photographs include images of machinery and farm equipment that have been left derelict or destroyed. There are also rural scenes and images of bombed cityscapes, some of which feature group portraits of H.V. McKay and his companions. HV McKay was a member of the Business Board of Administration of the Australian Defence Department 1917-1918, and Chairman of the Stores Disposal Board, London 1919.

This image is part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, artefacts, documents and trade literature belonging to the H. V. McKay Sunshine Collection. The Australian operations of this company were originally founded by Hugh V. McKay in the 1890s. The McKay collection is regarded as one of the most significant industrial heritage collections in Australia.

Description of Content

Lens, France, First World War. Scene of a destroyed city with two damaged buildings and a sign still standing amongst the rubble. The sign reads, in part: 'Estaminet Montaigne Emile'. A road is visible along the front of the scene.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph. Handwritten inscription on reverse in black ink.

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