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Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

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Names and Faces

About This Collection

In addition to studio portraits, the Australian Army Museum of WA collection contains many informal snapshots of individuals or small groups. These spontaneous images illustrate a wide variety of service life, conditions and locations. Unlike many of the large format formal studio portraits, these images have remained largely undiscovered in personal albums. They can often provide a less romantic and more realistic insight into the realities of service life. The condition of the images varies from excellent to deteriorated reflecting the storage history of the albums. It is estimated that 40,000 images remain in albums in the collection which are progressively being digitised.

Digger with mended pipe
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