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Photograph - Leo Sterne in Military Uniform, Austria, circa 1916 Image Reg. No: MM 132307

Black and white studio portrait printed on a postcard, depicting Leo Sterne as a young man dressed in the Austrian military uniform circa 1916.

This photograph relates to the lives of Leo and Hilda Sterne prior to their migration to Australia from Linz, Austria in 1939, joining other family members who had arrived in 1938. The Sternes (originally Sternschein), listed as 'stateless', were probably refugees accepted as part of the Australian Government's Jewish quota intake just prior to World War II. The Sterne's went on to found the successful L.J. Sterne Doll Company. Leo Sterne is recorded as having enlisted in the Citizen's Military Forces during World War II and in 1944 he was naturalised.
Black and white studio portrait printed on a postcard.
Description Of Content:
Leo Sterne as a young man during the First World War. He is dressed in the Austrian military uniform, with a dress sword and cap held in his lap. The rank patch on the collar of his tunic identifies him as an Officer-Candidate. There is a cross-shaped medal on the breast of his coat, possibly a Karl Troop Cross, which would indicate he was in a combatant unit for a minimum of twelve weeks, and had served at the front. This medal was awarded between December 1916 and November 1918. He is looking towards the camera, though not directly at it.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 136 mm (Height), 85 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: military uniforms, military medals, military equipment, hair styles, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: mementoes
Inscriptions: On reverse, handwritten in grey lead: 'Leo Stern'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Austria, circa 1916
Person Depicted: Mr Leo Sterne, Austria, circa 1916

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