Alexander Galloway's Lost Diggers of Weston
The community is invited to an interactive talk and presentation about Alexander Galloway's Lost Diggers of Weston at Kurri Kurri Library next month.
Alexander Galloway born on 6 February 1876 in Glasgow Scotland made for Australia in 1884 and eventually set up photographic studios in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Weston and Maitland.
Lost to the world for almost 100 years, his glass plate portraits taken of World War One Diggers in 1916, just prior to their departure for Europe, were discovered hidden beneath a house in Weston in 2010. Volunteers worked painstakingly to restore the negatives as they were covered in dried mud.
A presentation by Bill Holland (Towns With Heart), Sharon Dyson-Smith (Towns With Heart) and Lexie Matthews (Coalfields Heritage Group) will explore Alexander Galloway's life and tremendous legacy to the Coalfields as well as the stories of the Diggers that he captured prior to their experience for the Great War. Their faces forever captured in one of his amazing images before they embarked on the journey of war.
The presentation will also cover the Lost Diggers Exhibition scheduled for Anzac weekend, when all 60 Lost Diggers will be on public display for the first time in 103 years.
The event is happening on Friday 1 March, 2019 from 10.00am to 11.00am at Kurri Kurri Library. To book your spot online visit libraries.cessnock.nsw.gov.au and click on ‘events and bookings’ or call Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638. Morning tea will be provided.
This initiative is presented in partnership with The Coalfields Heritage Group, the Edgeworth David Museum and Towns With Heart. The presentation at Kurri Kurri Library will be by representatives from the Edgeworth David Museum and Towns With Heart.