Open invitation to preview "Lost Diggers" photographs

14 Feb 2017

Residents across the Bundaberg Region are being invited to attend a special preview screening of First World War photographs that previously lay undiscovered for decades in an attic in the tiny French village of Vignacourt.

A collection of images, some of them of Childers soldiers, is being put together as a special commemoration event to be shown at Bundaberg and Hervey Bay on Remembrance Day but will be shown Thursday night at the Childers Library.

Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said the photographs were the work of the Thuillier family, a French couple who established a thriving business during the 1914-1918 conflict by taking portrait photos of servicemen of all nationalities.

“Vignacourt, although close to the site of the infamous Battles of the Somme fought 100 years ago, had been regarded a  place of refuge for soldiers either preparing for or recovering from action on the front line.

 “It is quite astounding that in 2010 around 3000 images of soldiers including 800 Australians were discovered and became known as the “Lost Diggers of Vignacourt”.

“Among the soldiers identified in the rediscovered images are two Childers brothers William and Thomas See.”

“This Bundaberg Region connection with the photos and Vignacourt was elevated last year when the Mayor of Vignacourt, Stephane Ducrotoy visited the region and signed a Friendship Agreement between Vignacourt and Bundaberg.

Cr Trevor said an open invitation is extended to members of the community to come along to the Childers Library at 6.30pm on Thursday evening and to enjoy a special wine and cheese preview presentation of the “Lost Diggers”.

Anyone wishing to attend the preview should contact the Childers Library on 41304650 by noon Thursday to advise of their attendance.



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