Sydney South, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers. | 2012.
Photographs from a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates presented to the Australian War Memorial after their discovery, in 2011, in the attic of a farmhouse in the French town of Vignacourt. These photographs feature Australian soldiers in informal settings just outside the battle lines.
The Lost Diggers is the riveting story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart to an ancient metal chest in a dusty attic in a small farmhouse. The nearly 4000 glass plates he and his team from Channel 7’s Sunday Night discovered are being hailed by experts as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. With meticulous research and the help of descendants, Ross Coulthart has been able to discover the stories behind many of the photos, of which more than 330 appear in the book.
During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the French town of Vignacourt, two hours north of Paris. Many had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier as souvenirs while they enjoyed a brief respite from the carnage of the Western Front. For all too many, this was their last moment away from the lines before being sent to their deaths in battles that are now part of the mythology of Australian nationhood - Pozieres, Bullecourt, the Somme. The weariness and horror of battle is reflected in their eyes, but the photos also capture a sense of camaraderie, high spirits and even a soupcon of romance. The Lost Diggers is the riveting detective story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart to an ancient metal chest in a dusty attic in a small farmhouse.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 396-397) and index.
399 p. : ill., ports. ; 31 cm.
Dewey Call Number
Q 778.99355 COU
Museum Call Number
Australian War Memorial -- Photograph collections.
Photography -- Plates.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Australia -- Pictorial works.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Pictorial works.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front -- Pictorial works.
War photography -- France -- History.
War photography -- Australia -- History.
Soldiers -- Australia -- Pictorial works.
Australian War Memorial.
World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 - Australia - Pictorial works.
World War, 1914-1918 - France - Pictorial works.
War photography - France - History.
Australian War Memorial - Photograph collections.
World War, 1914-1918 - Campaigns - Western Front - Pictorial works.
War photography - Australia - History.
Soldiers - Australia - Pictorial works.
Western Front (World War (1914-1918))
Soldiers -- France -- Biography.
Thuillier, Louis, 1886-1931 -- Photograph collections.
Thuillier, Antoinette, d. 1970? -- Photograph collections.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Vignacourt -- Pictorial works.
Soldiers -- Australia -- Biography.
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