Remembering our lost soldiers
VISITORS to the WA Museum have the opportunity to view the Australian War Memorial's extraordinary travelling exhibition “Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt” until August 30.
It is a privilege to display the unique First World War exhibition, an exquisite collection of black-and-white images printed from the original glass-plate negatives.
The 80 photographs are part of the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection, rediscovered in 2011 after sitting undisturbed for nearly a century in the attic of a farmhouse in the French village of Vignacourt.
The soldiers in them were photographed by an enterprising husband-and-wife team, Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, who had set up a makeshift studio in their stable yard just off the main street of Vignacourt.
The images were printed on to postcards the soldiers sent to loved ones back home, a treasured link to family amidst the horrors of war. ALEC COLES, Chief executive, WA Museum. meet basic living costs.
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