Re­mem­ber­ing our lost sol­diers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

Those who could have re­ceived help from us to ride out dif­fi­cult times are now to be cut loose, with no sup­port to ne­go­ti­ate with cred­i­tors and land­lords.

More fam­i­lies will face the very real prospect of home­less­ness and the loss of es­sen­tial ser­vices, not to men­tion the stress, vi­o­lence, sub­stance mis­use and men­tal health is­sues in house­holds that are al­ready strug­gling to make ends meet.

Our chil­dren and their par­ents de­serve more con­sid­er­a­tion than this, not to men­tion the im­pact on our al­ready over­bur­dened courts, as more fam­i­lies will be fac­ing bank­ruptcy and evic­tion, and our over­stretched men­tal health ser­vices. CH­ERYL CAS­SIDY-VER­NON, Direc­tor, Perth Legal Ser­vice.

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