Photograph - group portrait of soldiers

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Photograph mounted on cardboard. Group portrait of 41 Australian soldiers positioned in front of timber building. Back has message penned from soldier to Brisbane Girls Club.
PHOTOGRAPHS Group commemorative
Overall 265 x 327mm photograph 190 x 248mm
Media/Materials description
1st Silver gelatin photograph, 2nd adhered to brown beige wove paper, 3rd adhered to dark grey wove facing paper, 4th adhered to pulp board backing board
Presented to Brisbane Girls Club \ on behalf of the \ No 1 Section \ 6th Field Engineers \ A.I.F \ From \ No. 3358 \ Sapper W. Sleep \ No. 1 Section \ 6th Field Engineers
History and use
This portrait of the 6th Field Engineers, AIF, World War 1, was presented to the Brisbane Girls Club in May 1916. The portrait was accompanied by a Queensland Flag and a certificate signed by individual members who were predominantly Queenslanders. The certificate gives thanks for 1915 Christmas gifts sent by the Brisbane Girls Club. These objects along with a letter of appreciation to the club from HRH the Prince of Wales dated 18 August 1920 demonstrate the important role played by women on the homefront during WW1.

These items remained in the possession of Murielle Jean Brewer nee Jamieson. During the War years, Murielle was a member of the Brisbane Girls Club, a women’s service organisation that supported and raised funds for men on active service. The Club, headquartered on the second floor of the R Hornsby and Sons building in Edward Street, raised over £4,000 in ‘comfort funds’ and also provided supplies for men stationed at camps in the local Brisbane area. In addition to helping with fundraising, Murielle also assisted the Red Cross efforts on the home front.
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