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Photograph - 'The Holy Tree', Egypt, Captain Edward Albert McKenna, World War I, 1914-1915 Image Reg. No: MM 120503

One of 139 photographs in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Captain Edward Albert McKenna. The photographs include the 7th Battalion training in Mena Camp, Egypt, and sight-seeing.

Image depicting the Holy Tree in Matarieh. According to legend the Holy Tree (also known as 'The Virgin Mary's Tree') is one of the resting places of the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary and Jesus) when they came to Egypt. There is currently a small museum at the sight to protect the tree.
Black and white silver gelatin photographic print.
Description Of Content:
Large tree that appears to be supported by a wooden cross. Figure in the background to the left who appears to be looking at the tree.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr J. Willis, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 195 mm (Height), 159 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, trees
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Captain Edward Albert McKenna, AIF (1877-1915)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: recreation & tourism
Inscriptions: Hand-written in ink on the support underneath the photograph and in the middle of the album page: 'The Holy Tree'
Hand-written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 'The Holy Tree / (horizontal line)'
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Photographer: Captain Edward McKenna, Egypt, 1914-1915
Place & Date Depicted: Egypt, 1914-1915
Creator: Elizabeth (Lillie) McKenna, Malvern, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918

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