Photograph - Washing Day, Egypt, 1915-1916 Image Reg. No: MM 067709

Summary:
Small photograph of a young private sitting with a square container between his legs washing his socks. He is sitting directly in front of a large white tent. The photograph, taken in Egypt, is part of a collection of photographs belonging to Alfred Galbraith. Sapper Galbraith was in Egypt with the 2nd and 5th Division from December 1915 to June 1916, when the 5th Division sailed to France. He died in France on 15 July 1916.

The photograph was apparently taken with an 'autographic' camera - one that allowed the user to write an inscription on the undeveloped film though an small door in the camera body, using a tiny stylus. Galbraith's camera, later in the possession of his niece, was an autographic camera.
Description Of Content:
Small photograph of a young private sitting with a square container between his legs washing his socks. He is sitting directly in front of a large white tent. Handwritten along lower edge: Washing day.
The photograph, taken in Egypt, is part of a collection of photographs belonging to Alfred Galbraith. Sapper Galbraith was in Egypt with the 2nd and 5th Division from December 1915 to June 1916, when the 5th Division sailed to France. He died in France on 15 July 1916.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Mrs M. Jamieson, 1985
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: army camps, australian army, australian military forces, military memorabilia, soldiers, tents, wars conflicts, washing, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Sapper Alfred Galbraith, AIF (1895-1916), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: army camps
Original Caption: "Washing Day"
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Egypt, 1915-1916
Other Association (See Comments): Alfred Galbraith

May have been the photographer - the collection relates to his war experience.

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