Photo call for the fallen


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Fran­cis Curro

THE John Curtin Gallery is call­ing on the public to help iden­tify 500 sol­diers in a World War I pho­to­graph.

THE John Curtin Art Gallery is call­ing on the public to help iden­tify sol­diers in a World War 1 pho­to­graph taken in 1915.

The gallery will be show­ing a large scale mu­ral of the his­toric pho­to­graph of the 11th Bat­tal­ion pos­ing on the great Pyra­mid of Khufu, Giza, taken on Jan­uary 10, 1915.

The mu­ral will be the cen­tre­piece of Curtin Univer­sity’s An­zac cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions, which will run un­til Novem­ber 15, To­gether, 100 years apart.

The mu­ral has been blown up to a 10x6 me­tre piece and takes up al­most the en­tire wall of the gallery’s Brodie-Hall Atrium.

This im­age shows 704 men from the 11th Bat­tal­ion’s to­tal com­ple­ment of 1021, as­sem­bled at the Pyra­mid of Khufu.

Not all the men in the photo have been iden­ti­fied. As of last week, 247 men had ei­ther been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied or were sub­ject to ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

WA Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety (WAGS) 11th Bat­tal­ion pro­ject man­ager Chris Loudon said the fa­mous Khufu im­age had come to rep­re­sent the An­zac leg­end and was part of a much big­ger story.

“By iden­ti­fy­ing the in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the 11th Bat­tal­ion as­sem­bled on the pyra­mid, WAGS are ac­knowl­edg­ing the hu­man cost of the Great War, and give voice not just to the men from the 11th Bat­tal­ion, but to all An­zacs past and present, who have served their coun­try,” he said.

To help iden­tify the sol­diers in the pho­to­graph, each man has been num­bered.

Not all of the 704 men in the pho­to­graph are clear to en­able iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, be­ing ei­ther ob­scured by oth­ers or the bor­der of the im­age.

Other pieces on dis­play in­clude the PostHy­brid ex­hi­bi­tion, a col­lec­tion of works that ex­plore no­tions of iden­tity and be­long­ing in Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary cul­ture.

John Curtin Gallery is also call­ing on any­one who wants to get in­volved in the Re­mem­brance Day ac­tiv­i­ties. As part of the Curtin Univer­sity Poppy Pro­ject, visi­tors are in­vited to make their own poppy flower at John Curtin Gallery, which will form part of Univer­sity’s Re­mem­brance Day In­stal­la­tion called One Minute. The show will run from Novem­ber 1-13 at the Fo­rum at Curtin Univer­sity. Call 9266 4155 for more.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d439735

John Curtin Gallery di­rec­tor Chris Mal­colm in front of the An­zac im­age.


John Curtin Gallery di­rec­tor Chris Mal­colm with the piece Trans­mi­grant by Hans Arkeveld. Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

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