An unidentified Australian soldier with French orphan boy ‘Digger’, Henri Heremene.,
originally uploaded by Australian War Memorial collection.
This photograph is of an unidentified Australian soldier with French orphan boy ‘Digger’, Henri Heremene. This boy’s story was told in Young Digger,a very interesting and moving story by Anthony Hill.
This book is offered in our Year 8 literature circles. The boy wandered into the Australian airmen’s mess in Germany on Christmas day 1918. He becomes a mascot and is eventually smuggled into Australia by one of the men at the camp.
It is one of a collection that is part of the Australian War Memorial Collection’s photostream on Flickr. I found this today when I was looking for some photgraphs of WWI. I have used many of the AWM photographs to illustrate literature circle booklets that our library prepares for the students and staff or to provide some visual prompts for research assignments, but I never expected to see them on Flickr.
I went back to the AWM site and found a blog post, by Joanne Smedley, about the photostream. The idea is that they will highlight sets of images, thereby increasing the awareness of the AWM’s resources but it will also be able to use use the potential of Flickr to gather extra information about the photographs and extra information, or new information, from a wider audience.
The above group is of an unidentified members of the Australian Headquarter’s staff. ID Number: B01467 Maker: Hurley, James Francis (Frank) Place made: Deiran, Palestine.
Wouldn’t it be great if these men could be identified and their story told. What about the young people sharing this with older members of their families. Who knows where it could lead? Doesn’t it make for some interesting ideas for research assignments for students, or creative writing, telling a story that might have been. It could combine historical research and creative writing for English. The books of Anthony Hills or Ken Catran, or the My story series could be used as examples.
“Do yourself a favour”, have a look at the photostream, the blog post and the AWM site. It’s worth it!