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Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt

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Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt

Time: November 2, 2012 at 10am to July 31, 2013 at 5pm
Location: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
City/Town: Canberra
Website or Map: http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibit…
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Australian War Memorial
Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2012

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The French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt  tells the story of how anenterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.

Captured on glass plates, printed into postcards and posted home, the photographs made by the Thuillier family enabled Australian soldiers to maintain a fragile link with loved ones in Australia.

The exhibition showcases a selection of 74 of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom silver gelatin prints and draws on the Australian War Memorial's collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

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