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Photograph - Leo Sterne in Military Uniform, Austria, circa 1917 Image Reg. No: MM 132364

Black and white studio portrait mounted on cardboard, depicting Leo Stern as a young man dressed in Austrian military uniform circa 1917.

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 on cardboard backing.
Description Of Content:
Leo Sterne as a young man during the First World War. He is dressed in the Austrian military uniform. The rank patch on his collar identifies him as a Corporal. There are three medals on the breast of his coat - from left to right: possibly two Austrian Bravery Medals, and a Karl Troop Cross. The Bravery Medals were awarded throughout the First World War, until October 1918 and the Karl Troop Cross was awarded between December 1916 and November 1918. This medal would indicate that he was in a combatant unit for a minimum of twelve weeks, and had served at the front.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 164 mm (Height), 106 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: military uniforms, military medals, 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 front, printed: 'A. Kaldori / KAMMER FOTOGRAF [logo] / LINZ / Landstrasse 26'
On reverse, printed: '[logo] / KAMMER-PHOTOGRAPH / Seiner K. k. hoheit des durcht / Herrn Erzherzog / KARL FERDINAND / A. Kaldori / LINZ / LANDSTRASSE 26 / Aufgang durch den Strassen- / laden [extensive text]', handwritten in grey lead: ' Leo / Sterne / Leo Sterne'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Austria, circa 1917
Person Depicted: Mr Leo Sterne, Austria, circa 1917

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