Black and white photographic print depicting Death Valley at Gallipoli. This is possibly a reference to the "Valley of Death" which is commonly known as "Shrapnel Valley (or "Gully")" and is now a cemetery.
Attached to a small notebook used as a photograph album, containing 55 black and white photographs of ANZAC soldiers in Egypt, Mudros and Gallipoli during World War I. The photographs were taken by an Australian soldier, Sergeant John Lord or a fellow soldier (to be verified). John Lord served in the 13th Field Ambulance and returned to Australia shortly after the end of the War in 1919.
The album was one of many souvenirs brought back to Australia after World War I by Lord. Part of a larger collection of photograph albums, images, documents and World War I memorabilia donated by John Lord to Museum Victoria.
Description of Content
Six men in a shallow valley lined with tents and sandbags. Two men walk on a central path towards the camera in the foreground, while two men sit on sandbags in the middle ground. Two men stand at the entrance to a small shelter in the right middleground of the image.
Black and white photograph, mounted in a small, blue, army-issued notebook used as a photograph album.
This photograph is in a very significant album which includes a number of excellent photographs of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli and surrounding areas. Some of these are particularly clear and well-composed - for example, 'Rest Gully Anzac' shows hundreds of soldiers sitting and standing around talking and a valley with lots of dugouts and shelters. 'Old Kit etc at Anzac Ordnance Stores 1915' is another clear photograph, ,showing rubbish that the Anzacs generated at Gallipoli. Many of the photographs were taken when the weather was hot, but there are also a number of images taken in the snow. Another, 'Extreme Right of Anzac' demonstrates the steepness of the terrain and the mixture of clothing that the soldiers wore. All of the photographs appear to have been taken at times when the photographer was 'off duty', since the images are of the landscape or soldiers at rest.
Donation from J. Lord, 24/02/1986
Place & Date Depicted
Sergeant John Lord
Private John Lord was originally identified as the photographer of the album, but as there is no record of him serving on Gallipoli, and images in the album depict Gallipoli, the photographer is probably an unknown soldier.
Photograph, Black & White
Hand written in pencil to right side of the image: '5th F A'. Below the image: 'Death Valley'.
Type of item
57 mm (Width), 57 mm (Height)
Photograph album page
100 mm (Width), 145 mm (Height)