Museum searches for donor of WWI photo
The Harvey Museum is trying to track down the original donor of a giant 101-year-old World War I photograph.
Harvey Historical Society secretary Marion Lofthouse said no one at the museum took the donor’s name when they received the metre-long photo, which is actually four photos stitched together.
“I reckon it’s someone local and for them to give it to us it must have soldiers from Harvey in it,” Mrs Lofthouse said.
“We really want to find out who is in the picture as well.”
Harvey Historical Society member Judy Halliday said writing on the photo indicated it was of the 4th Battalion D Company and taken in April 1917.
Mrs Halliday said the photo was taken in London by Panora Ltd and D Company HQ was set up in a farm house in Meteren, France on April 13. Mrs Lofthouse said 128 men from the Harvey district served in World War I and 21 of those men died during service.
The Harvey Museum reprinted the photograph in time for Remembrance Day so the original could be preserved.
The reprint came just in time for the reopening of the Harvey Museum after a brief hiatus to remove asbestos from the building and complete upgrades.
The WWI photograph of 4th Battalion D Company given to the Harvey Museum by an anonymous donor.