Australia’s forgotten ANZACS

Australia's forgotten ANZACs: Lost images from Australia's first


Lost images from Australia’s first conflict – the fall of German New Guinea


The University Gallery

25 March – 11 April 2015

Thomas James Rodoni’s glass plate negatives were unearthed from under a house in Speers Point by Rodoni’s son Bill, and given to Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle in 2014 – one hundred years after the start of WW1.

These glass negatives were lost treasures that documented the first military conflict of the First War, the fall of German New Guinea, an engagement that witnessed the first casualties of WW1. This extremely rare collection is by one of the few non-official photographers during the war and this is the first time these images will be on display, commemorating 100 years of ANZAC.

The University Gallery and Cultural Collections acknowledge the support of the late Bill Rodoni and his family and Chris and Frances Fussell in bringing this extraordinary collection to light.

The exhibition is a part of a series of events celebrating the University of Newcastle’s 50th anniversary.

Gallery talk with the University archivist and conservator about Rodoni’s glass plate negatives:
Friday 27 MARCH at 5:15pm

Then join Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt at the official launch and cocktail party at the University Gallery: from 6pm

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