Photograph - Old Wardour Castle

Production date
13 May 1917
Country
England
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Description
A black and white photograph of Old Wardour Castle, partly distroyed during the English Civil War, it remained in ruin rather than be rebuilt. Two people can be seen having a picnic under the shade of a tree in the right hand bottom corner of the photo.
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHS Military ww1
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHS Places england
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHS Structures ruin
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Measurements
L70 x H45mm
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Photographic paper
Signature/Marks
"Wardrour (sic) Castle" \ This place is in ruins \ now. It was owned by \ Lady Arundel (sic) & was \ beseiged by Oliver \ Cromwell's army & rather \ than surrender she blew \ the place up. \ "Tisbury" 13-5-17 \ (signature) AG
History and use
This group of photographs is part of an album donated to the Museum in 2013. The album documents the war experiences of Staff Sergeant-Major Arthur George Bennett. Bennett was an employee of the Ipswich Railway Workshops. He signed up in 1916 at the age of 22, joining the 4th Pioneer Battalion. After joining in Brisbane he travelled to Britain to undertake training prior to being posted on the Western Front where his unit carried out construction, maintenance and repairs of infrastructure.

This album shows elements of the training camp and the recreational activities of Bennett and his fellow soldiers. The album is part of a broader collection that speaks to Bennett's pre-war military experiences, experiences of the war and his post-war life. Bennett was wounded twice in 1917 and invalided home in 1918. He returned to the Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1920 as a railway fitter and continued to work in the railways throughout Queensland until his retirement in 1961.
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R6440.67

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