Some Photos from the National Library of Australia
Group of Aboriginals at Chowilla Station on the lower Murray River, South Australia, 1886
Grocery section, Bell and Macaulays Store, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944
Women shopping with coupons during world War II in Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944
An incident in March soon after completion of the hut, Hodgeman, the night watchman returning from his rounds outside pushes his way into the veranda through the rapidly accumulating drift snow, Adelie Land (Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914)
Synchronised surfing,Manly beach, New South Wales, 1938-46
Woman and child buying shoes in the shoe section of Bell and Macaulays Store, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944
El Alamein (lone soldier on guard in silhouette). Between 1914 and 1945
Athlete Nick Winter performing a standing high jump, Camden Showground, New South Wales, ca. 1925
William Russell putting the four gallon monthly ration of petrol into a customers car, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944. Home town Australia. Drouins biggest service station (there are two) is owned by a company consisting of 80 year old William D. Russell and his family. Mr Russell is putting the four gallon monthly ration of gas onto a customers car.
Three men at the Warragul cattle sales, Victoria, ca. 1944
Group of Aboriginals at Dunlop Station homestead, Darling River, New South Wales, 1886
Santa Claus at Canberra Airport, ca. 1929
Mrs Gleeson pours a beer for a customer at the Drouin Hotel, Drouin, Victoria, 1944. Wife of Drouin publican (Mrs. James J. Gleeson) pours beer for customers. A pot like this (11oz.) costs 81/2 d. about half of which goes in excise to Australian government. Australian beer has 8% alcohol – heavier than American beer but about the same as British. Mrs Gleeson has two sons fighting the Jap; says she has never had a customer she could not handle in her 23 years at the Drouin Hotel.
Private Wallace Tratford arrives home on leave, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944. A.I.F. Private Wallace Tratford, son of 1st Constable James Tratford, Drouins only policeman (responsible for area of 105 square miles; 3,000 people), arrives home on his first leave from New Guinea battlefronts since he was married.
The icy face of a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition team, 1911-1914. Probably the face of the team meteorologist, C.T. Madigan
Main Street, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944. Really the Princes highway – one of the two main roads linking Sydney and Melbourne – but for a few hundred yards it is still Main Street in the language of Drouin folk. It is busiest on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (Market days). In foreground, service stationhand puts his car jack under horse-drawn tradesmans cart.
Tall bullrushes (surrounding train as seen) from top of train carriages, (where some soldiers of the 8th Light Horse Regiment travelled during the journey from Suez to Cairo, April 4, 1915)
Wes Colquhoun and Fred Phair talking to the girls at the ball in the Soldiers Memorial Hall, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944. Pride of the stag line at Drouins weekly dance were bachelors – gay Warrant Officer Wes Colquhoun (23), R.A.A.F., and Corporal Fred Phair (25), A.I.F. Wes, son of Drouins butcher, was sole surviving member of a Lancaster Crew... Fred, son of Drouins fruiterer, served in New Guinea...
Main Street, Drouin, Victoria, ca. 1944
Josephine Smith digging a grave at the Drouin Cemetery, Victoria, ca. 1944. Meet Mrs. Josephine Smith, aged 84, whose hobby is digging graves. She lives in Drouin, a typical little farming town (1100 people), in southern Australia, 60 miles out of the Victorian capital, Melbourne.
Q.M. Maloney shaving, (as another soldier holds up a mirror for him, June(?) 1915)
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