Lost Diggers of Weston

On Friday 1 March 2019, two members of the Cultural Collections team attended a very interesting presentation on Alexander Galloway’s Lost Diggers of Weston at the Kurri Kurri Library.

The presentation was given by representatives from Towns with Heart and the Edgeworth David Museum, including Lexie Matthews and Cheryle Shoesmith (Edgeworth David Museum) and Graham Smith, Bill Holland and Sharon Dyson-Smith (Towns with Heart).  The presenters covered the story of Alexander Galloway, coalfields photographer, as well as the stories of the Great War diggers whose photos he captured prior to their embarkation.

This presentation was the prelude to the Lost Diggers Exhibition to be held on the 2019 ANZAC weekend in the Saint Paul the Apostle Anglican Church Hall, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri. The exhibition will feature photos of all 60 Lost Diggers, together with the stories of those who have been identified. These photos were produced from scans of the original glass plate negatives.

Full details of the forthcoming exhibition will be posted as soon as they are available.


The Galloway Collection

The Photographs of Alexander Galloway

Miss Jones, with hat

[Miss Jones]

Our colleagues at the Coalfields Heritage Group based at the Edgeworth David Museum at Kurri Kurri are uploading the scans of their fascinating collection of glass negatives taken by Alexander Galloway who had photographic studios at Weston, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock and Maitland at the turn of the last century.

The original glass negatives, some of which have unfortunately been water damaged over the years,  were scanned by one member of the Coalfields Heritage Group and uploaded to their Flickr site by another. The latter CHG member is also on the Cultural Collections team in the University Library.

You can read more about Alexander Galloway, who was also a composer in one of our earlier blog posts, and you can look into the past and perhaps see some of your ancestors at http://www.flickr.com/photos/coalfieldsheritagegroup/sets/72157639466057004/

If you recognise any of the folk in these images, or can give us any further information about the photos, please contact either Cultural Collections or the Coalfields Heritage Group.