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Warwick showcases faces of World War I

Sydney Hubert Carroll, 4th Machine Gun Battalion (right), and an unidentified 4th Brigade Headquarters staff officer, June-July 1918 - Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier
Sydney Hubert Carroll, 4th Machine Gun Battalion (right), and an unidentified 4th Brigade Headquarters staff officer, June-July 1918 - Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Louis Thuillier

RESIDENTS will get the chance to experience a new insight into life during the war, when travelling exhibit Remember Me comes to the Warwick Art Gallery.

Photographs, film and sound curator at the Australian War Memorial, Joanne Smedley, said the exhibit was designed to encompass the conditions experienced during World War I.

"A French husband and wife set up a temporary photography studio, and many soldiers came through and had their photo taken," Ms Smedley said.

"When they had their photograph taken, soldiers were encouraged to send them back to their family and friends.

"They were a universal symbol to remember someone by. There was always the possibility it might be the last image that exists of a soldier."

The negatives to produce the display were rediscovered in 2011, having been undisturbed since 1918.

"The photos being exhibited represent one of the most important and recent discoveries of material from the First World War," memorial director Brendan Nelson said.

Remember Me is at the Warwick Art Gallery from Saturday through to February 17.

Topics:  art remember me warwick art gallery world war i


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