Black and white photographic print.
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 one of his friends (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.
The image shows a dug out at Gallipoli.
Description of Content
In the centre of the image is a shelter that appears to have been built into the side of a hill of some kind. The entranceway is surrounded by vegetation and to the right of the photograph, on a ledge above the entranceway, is a pile of several sandbags.
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 on the support underneath the photograph: 'Dug Out' Hand-written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 'One of the dug / outs. Note the / Sand bags. Also the / (next two lines are difficult to read) / Gallipoli / 1916'
Type of item
55 mm (Width), 59 mm (Height)
Photograph album page
102 mm (Width), 145 mm (Height)