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Photograph - Piano Room, Driver Cyril Rose, World War I, 1916-1919 Image Reg. No: MM 117734

Summary:
One of 129 World War I photographs likely to have been taken by Driver Cyril Rose, AIF. Rose was made a driver in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company before moving to the 2nd Australian Divisional Mechanical Transport Company when in France. He sailed from Melbourne on 22 December 1916 on the Persic, arriving in England in March 1917. In June he was sent to France where his service consisted of driving in a supply column. He returned to Australia on the Persic on 13 July 1919.

A majority of the images included in the album appear to be from the time Rose spent in England, particularly Wiltshire, before he travelled to France. The album also includes images of servicemen, battle sites, buildings and Cologne, Germany.

Image depicts a sitting room that is dominated by a piano. It is possible that this image depicts a room in Longleat House, Wiltshire, a stately English home that features prominently in the album.
Description:
Black and white photographic print on paper.
Description Of Content:
Interior image of a richly furnished room. A piano stands to the left of frame with the keys towards the camera. A large plant sits to the right of the piano, dominating the lower part of the image. In the background, to the left and against the same wall as the piano, is a couch. A table sits off in front of this couch, to the right of frame. There are various objects, one of which appears to be another large plant, on top of the table. Behind the table and couch, along the back wall of the image, there is a fireplace surmounted by a large picture. Other pictures adorn the walls and there also appears to be a clock against the backwall. The floor appears to have been carpeted.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Servicemen's League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 69 mm (Height), 114 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918, drivers
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: recreation & tourism
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Date Made: 1916-1919
Compiled By: Driver Cyril Rose - Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 1916-1919

Although it is possible that Rose was the photographer, it is unclear how he could have been present to take some of the images included in the album making it more likely that he collected the images.

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