One of 108 images in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Captain Edward Albert McKenna. The album contains photographs of the 7th Battalion in Egypt.
Image of a street in Heliopolis. Heliopolis was developed in 1905 by the Heliopolis Oasis Company as an upscale district in north-eastern Cairo. It is this relatively modern suburb of Cairo that is depicted here rather than the ancient city of the same name.
The album relates to the service of Captain Edward Albert McKenna. McKenna, born in Castlemaine, Victoria, was a 36-year-old department manager of soft goods when he enlisted on 17 August 1914. He lived at 5 St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne, and had been married to Elizabeth ('Lillie') Mary McKenna since 1910. He embarked from Melbourne 19 October 1914 on the HMAT Hororata, and served in the 7th Battalion Australian Infantry.
He was killed in action in Gallipoli around 25-30 April 1915, aged 37. His kit bag was unusually full, even containing seven shirts, a pillow, six towels, a travelling rug, gumboots, and pyjamas and slippers. Also amongst his possessions was a camera, although no photographic prints or albums.
He was buried at 7 Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli. His details appear on the honours roll on the web page of the Australian War Memorial.
Description of Content
Streetscape view, including a moving tram in the centre of the photograph, in Heliopolis in Cairo. The front facade of the building in the left hand side of the photograph, behind the tram, consists of a number of symmetrical arches stretching from one edge of the building to the other
Black and white photographic print on paper with a white border.
Donation from Mr J. Willis, circa 1986
Mr. J. Willis
Place & Date Depicted
Hand written in ink on support underneath the photograph: ' Street Scene at Heliopolis' Hand written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 'Street Scene at Heliopolis'
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
84 mm (Width), 108 mm (Height)
Image Dimensions - Photograph album page
174 mm (Width), 141 mm (Height)
Dimensions measurement is of the photograph album page.
National Archives of Australia: McKenna Edward Albert, barcode 1949283, series B2455/1. 'Heliopolis (Cairo Suburb),' Wikipedia, at: [Link 1](Cairo_suburb); accessed: August 6, 2012