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Unknown soldier

As we commemorate ANZAC Day, a WWI related photographic mystery from the archives.

This studio photograph (NRS 214 c.1914-18), was found amongst old records at 10 Quay Street, Sydney. It had no identifying information accompanying it. The office at this address had been used for many years by meat inspectors employed on the Metropolitan Meat inspection circuit.

Of the two subjects in the photograph one appears to be a member of the Military whilst the other appears to be dressed in a civil uniform, including a cap with insignia.

Can anyone identify what type of military uniform the man on the right is wearing?

Perhaps even more challenging, can anyone identify the uniform worn by the man on the left? Given where the photograph was found, could it be a meat inspectors uniform?

What could be the significance of the two men being photographed together in their uniforms? What could be the relationship between the two men? Perhaps a father and son? So many questions!

Let us know what you think!


NRS214[11-14158A]_001 cropped




Category: General
  • Allan says:

    The man on the right looks like he may be in an early uniform of the Army Service Corps but I am not certain. It is a pity his collar badges
    are not clearer. He may be part of a pre WW1 volunteer organisation

    April 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm
  • Janette Pelosi says:

    According to Sandy Barrie’s book Australians Behind the Camera: Directory of Early Australian Photographers 1841 to 1945 (2002) page 43 the Commonwealth Studio was located at 337 Castlereagh St, Sydney from 1926 to 1928. This means the photo can be date as post-WWI.

    May 23, 2014 at 10:49 am