An Archive of Photographs Documenting the Experience of Soldiers of the AIF on the Western Front By Frank Hurley

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Sale 9092P - Lot 1 - The 27th and 28th Btns having a rest and meal behind the banks before going in at Mt St Quentin Sept 1918 (145mm x 200mm)

Lot 1,   [clock31705325]

The 27th and 28th Btns having a rest and meal behind the banks before going in at Mt St Quentin Sept 1918 (145mm x 200mm)

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $5,500

Sale 9092P - Lot 2 - 48th Battalion awaiting orders to Hop in the Big Drive

Lot 2,   [clock31705923]

48th Battalion awaiting orders to Hop in the Big Drive

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $2,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 3 - Big 15 Gun Emplacement - Germans destroyed same when compelled to Evacuate. Photo shows the muzzle of this particular Pea Shooter

Lot 3,   [clock31705924]

Big 15 Gun Emplacement - Germans destroyed same when compelled to Evacuate. Photo shows the muzzle of this particular Pea Shooter

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $425

Sale 9092P - Lot 4 - Armoured cars

Lot 4,   [clock31705925]

Armoured cars

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $220

Sale 9092P - Lot 5 - Dead Fritz Machine Gunner and Gun 8 August 18

Lot 5,   [clock31705926]

Dead Fritz Machine Gunner and Gun 8 August 18

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $1,100

Sale 9092P - Lot 6 - One of the Biggest Guns Captured in the war -Captured by Australians 15 Destroyed before Fritz evacuated

Lot 6,   [clock31705927]

One of the Biggest Guns Captured in the war -Captured by Australians 15 Destroyed before Fritz evacuated

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $650

Sale 9092P - Lot 7 - A row of Howitzers of the 105th Battery behind a cut bank rear Bray

Lot 7,   [clock31705928]

A row of Howitzers of the 105th Battery behind a cut bank rear Bray

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $1,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 8 - St Quentin Canal -

Lot 8,   [clock31705930]

St Quentin Canal -

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $350

Sale 9092P - Lot 9 - Passchendaele Stunt Duckwalk track

Lot 9,   [clock31705931]

Passchendaele Stunt Duckwalk track

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $7,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 10 - 4th Divi Sports races note the bookmakers

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4th Divi Sports races note the bookmakers

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $5,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 11 - Destroyed Ruined Cathedral Ypres 1917 -

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Destroyed Ruined Cathedral Ypres 1917 -

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $8,500

Sale 9092P - Lot 12 - Hellfire corner

Lot 12,   [clock31705934]

Hellfire corner

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $7,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 13 - After the battle at Ypres

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After the battle at Ypres

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $6,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 14 - Anzac tank in the mud (19cm x 14cm)

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Anzac tank in the mud (19cm x 14cm)

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $350

Sale 9092P - Lot 15 - The Wounded Ypres

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The Wounded Ypres

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $2,200

Sale 9092P - Lot 16 - Passchendaele -

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Passchendaele -

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $1,700

Sale 9092P - Lot 17 - No 18 Tank -

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No 18 Tank -

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $8,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 18 - Australians Waiting to Go Over

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Australians Waiting to Go Over

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $1,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 19 - Rest after battle

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Rest after battle

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $1,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 20 - Destruction Passchendaele

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Destruction Passchendaele

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $850

Sale 9092P - Lot 21 - Ruins Ypres

Lot 21,   [clock31705943]

Ruins Ypres

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $3,250

Sale 9092P - Lot 22 - Unloading Ypres

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Unloading Ypres

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $550

Sale 9092P - Lot 23 - Shell hole near Passchendaele

Lot 23,   [clock31705945]

Shell hole near Passchendaele

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $325

Sale 9092P - Lot 24 - Destruction Passchendaele

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Destruction Passchendaele

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $550

Sale 9092P - Lot 25 - Digger taking a break

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Digger taking a break

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $3,250

Sale 9092P - Lot 26 - The Battalion

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The Battalion

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $3,250

Sale 9092P - Lot 27 - Dead Passchendaele -

Lot 27,   [clock31705950]

Dead Passchendaele -

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $1,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 28 - Before Call Up

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Before Call Up

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $850

Sale 9092P - Lot 29 - Planning the Next

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Planning the Next

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $240

Sale 9092P - Lot 30 - Destruction Passchendaele

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Destruction Passchendaele

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $650

Sale 9092P - Lot 31 - Australian Field Gun Ypres 1917

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Australian Field Gun Ypres 1917

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $4,250

Sale 9092P - Lot 32 - Passchendaele

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Passchendaele

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $550

Sale 9092P - Lot 33 - On the road to Ypres

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On the road to Ypres

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $650

Sale 9092P - Lot 34 - Camped out near Ypres

Lot 34,   [clock31705963]

Camped out near Ypres

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $650

Sale 9092P - Lot 35 - Field Hospital with Nurses

Lot 35,   [clock31705964]

Field Hospital with Nurses

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $750

Sale 9092P - Lot 36 - View of the battlefield to be

Lot 36,   [clock31705965]

View of the battlefield to be

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $475

Sale 9092P - Lot 37 - Shell hole Ypres

Lot 37,   [clock31705966]

Shell hole Ypres

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $3,250

Sale 9092P - Lot 38 - Australians Waiting to go over Passchendaele

Lot 38,   [clock31705968]

Australians Waiting to go over Passchendaele

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $5,500

Sale 9092P - Lot 39 - Ypres

Lot 39,   [clock31705969]

Ypres

Estimate: $100 - $200

Sold for $3,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 40 - Australian artillery, Passchendaele

Lot 40,   [clock31705970]

Australian artillery, Passchendaele

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for $650

Sale 9092P - Lot 41 - The mud Passchendaele

Lot 41,   [clock31705971]

The mud Passchendaele

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $3,000

Sale 9092P - Lot 42 - Australian howitzer Passchendaele

Lot 42,   [clock31705972]

Australian howitzer Passchendaele

Estimate: $300 - $500

Sold for $550

Sale 9092P - Lot 43 - Australian field hospital

Lot 43,   [clock31705973]

Australian field hospital

Estimate: $200 - $400

Sold for $550

Sale 9092P - Lot 44 - Australian infantry on the march

Lot 44,   [clock31705974]

Australian infantry on the march

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for $475

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Date: 7 Dec 2020 15:00
Location: 8-16 Moore St Leichhardt
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An archive of photographs documenting the experience of soldiers of the Austrailan Imperial Force on the Western Front, 1917 - 18

A group of 44 gelatin silver prints in identical format, each 145 x 200mm and each unmounted. Reverse of each image shows Frank Hurley's negative number in pencil, and ten with an additional contemporary manuscript caption in ink, (clearly written by an eyewitness) as follows: St Quentin Canal; Passchendaele Stunt. Duck walk track; 48th Battallion awaiting orders to "Hop" in the Big Drive; Big 15" gun emplacement - Germans destroyed same when compelled to evacuate; A row of Howitzers of 105th Battery behind a cut bank near Bray; 4th Division Sports Races. Note the Book Makers; Armoured Cars; The 27th & 28th Battns. having a rest & meal behind the banks before "going in" at Mt. St. Quentin Sept 1 1918; Dead Fritz Machine Gunner & Gun 8 August '18; One of the biggest guns captured in the War. Captured by Australians, 15" destroyed before Fritz evacuated.
The Photographs are in uniformly good condition (a couple of prints with mild creasing, one with rust spots). All show some insignnificant curling at the edges.

A substantial archive of photographs by Australia's pre-eminent war photographer, Frank Hurley (1885-1962) Among them are some of Hurley's most famous images, including his view of Hell Fire Corner on the Menin Road, "the most dangerous place on the Western Front" and the ruined Cathedral of Ypres, seen from the Cloth Hall, both taken during the 3rd battle of Ypres in 1917.

From mid 1917 to early September 1918 the Austrailan photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley, who had already achieved fame for his Antarctic photographs taken on Douglas Mawson's expedition, served on the Western Front as an official war photographer in the AIF, with the honorary rank of captain. His dramatic images vividly capture the carnage and atmosphere in perhaps the most brutalizing theatre of war in the history of human conflict. Hurley's photographs featured in the exhibition Austrailan War Pictures and Photographs, staged in London in 1918.

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