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Catalogue - Captain W. D. Joynt, 'Exhibition of War Pictures', 9th Edition, Melbourne, 1922-1925 Document Reg. No: HT 22072

Catalogue of a photographic exhibition of war pictures arranged by Captain William Donovan Joynt and curated by the Australian War Museum.

The Australian War Museum was located at the Exhibition Building between 1922 and1925. The Australian War Memorial continued to use the Exhibition Building as its principal store until the 1940s and as its main office in the 1930s.

William Donovan Joynt enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 21 May 1915 and embarked for World War I on 7 March 1916 on the HMAT Wiltshire, part of the 8 Infantry Battalion - 13 to 23 Reinforcements. He served on the Western Front for long periods and at one stage was shot in the shoulder. His brother Gerald was killed at Polygon Wood in 1917. Joynt was awarded a Victoria Cross for leading an advance and capturing over 80 prisoners on 23 August 1918. He returned to Melbourne in February 1920, having been progressively promoted to the rank of captain and further wounded.

Soon after his return Joynt and Walter Dexter formed Queen City Printers Pty Ltd and arranged an exhibition of war photographs (in colour), and printed its catalogue. He subsequently formed Colarts Studios Pty Ltd and bought the rights to a German colour-printing process, becoming a pioneer of colour printing in Australia. He also took up a soldier-settler block near Berwick, but by 1926 had installed a manager. The block was resumed in 1929. Although the printing business also failed during the Depression, Joynt remained a publisher for the remainder of his career. He married Edith Amy Garrett, a trained nurse, in Hawthorn in 1932. They had no children. Joynt passed away in 1986, by then the only surviving Victoria Cross winner from World War I.
Octavo, stapled in title wrappers. Brown cover with black text.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 175 mm (Height), 120 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: museum history, wars conflicts, printing, world war i 1914-1918, royal exhibition building, soldier settlements
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, The Berry Family Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Front cover, printed, black ink: "EXHIBITION OF WAR PICTURES / Enlarged life Size photographs in Natural colour / THE NAVY / THE ARMY / EMBRACING EGYPT, GALLIPOLI, PALESTINE, FRANCE, BELGIUM, GERMANY, & c / DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE ARRANGED BY CAPT. W. D. JOYNT, V.C. / PRICE SIXPENCE." Extensive text within.
Author: Mr W. Joynt - Colarts Studios Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1922-1925
Place & Date Used: Australian War Museum, 1920s
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, Joynt, William Donovan (1889-1986),, accessed 29 Nov 2012.


Janine Phillips Posted on 30 Dec 2013 4:57 AM
Mr. Joynt was my husband's employer for many years and so I met he and his wife.He and I shared the same day and month in our birthdays.He was an extraordinary man and apparently fearless. I am not.I attended his funeral in 1986. My husband was on a trip overseas at the time.He is buried in Brighton Cemetary.
Charles W Traill Posted on 25 Apr 2014 2:52 PM
W D Joynt served under my father Col. J C M Traill D.S.O. M.C in the 8th Batt. They became good friends after the war (WW1). He was my Godfather. I have a coloured photo of my father, in uniform & with medals which I believe W Joynt took in his studios circa 1924. My father (born 1880) died on active service in 1942 having served in three wars - Boer War, WW1 and WW2

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