Paper negative wallet from Kodak Australasia Ltd. When acquired by Museum Victoria it contained negatives from a series of photographs taken during World War I in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
Part of a collection of World War I photographs associated with the service of Lionel Knox Trezise (service no. 14340), father of the donor John Trezise. Lionel was a 'reliving postmaster and telegraphist' when he enlisted on 22 March 1916. He was placed in the 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron as a sapper, serving with the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force. During his service he apparently took photographs in India, Sri Lanka and Mesopotamia (Iraq and neighbouring regions). After returning to Australia in 1919 he married and became a public servant. He died in 1972. Lionel's brother John Gordon (Jack) Trezise also served in World War I (service no. 5105). He enlisted on 2 March 1916 while a 26-year-old shop assistant in Broken Hill, and was killed in action in France on 1 June 1918.
Description of Content
View of a Mahommedan mosque in Baghdad, with street scene
Paper negative wallet from Kodak [Australasia Ltd.]. Wallet consists of a brown and white image of a woman draped in white clothing, holding a box browny camera. Two inside sleeves - one either side of the wallet. There is a handwritten number on the front of the wallet, in the top right hand corner: 3941.
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Victorian Branch, Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Mr John Trezise, 10/1984
Likely date used, based on dates of World War I service of user, and the date 1924 on another negative wallet that came with the collection (unregistered).
Handwitten on front: "3941 / 94 films / Kodak" Printed on back: "IF IT ISNT AN EASTMAN IT ISNT A KODAK / Kodak (Australiasia) Ltd. / 284 Collins Street, Melbourne / 379 George Street, Sydney, / 37 Rundle St., Adelaide 250-252 Queens St., Brisbane / AND AT / Townville, Toowoomba, Broken Hill, Hobart / Wellington (N.Z.) Auckland (N.Z.) and Dunedin (N.Z.)"
Type of item
16.8 cm (Length), 11.5 cm (Width), 0.4 cm (Height)