A trea­sured link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western 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 hus­ban­dand-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.

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