Photo call for the fallen
IMAGE CAPTURES SPIRIT OF ANZACS
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.
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