File F831 - Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace photograph albums

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Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace photograph albums


  • 1915-1916. (Creation)

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1 parcel.

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Biographical history

Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace was born in Saint Lawrence, Queensland. The family moved to South Brisbane 1901 and James-Wallace trained as a nurse. She enlisted as a nursing sister on 26 Apr 1915 and served in No 3, Australian General Hospital, Australian Army Medical Corps, during the Egyptian and Turkish campaigns of World War I. She later served in England. James-Wallace returned to Australian on 23 Jan 1919 and was discharged on 23 May 1919. Her time in the War left her with the pain of rheumatism and arthritis for the remainder of her life. James-Wallace was allocated Portion 97 of the Waterworks Road Soldier Settlement in the Parish of Enoggera. In 1923 she moved to Auckland, New Zealand to work. She married in 1927 and she and her husband, Harry Oswald "Ossie" Mellsop, visited Brisbane several times to see her siblings. On one visit James-Wallace left her photograph collection and war diary remnants with her family. She died in 1970 at Auckland.

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Professional photographer. Enlisted in World War One at the age of 25. Posted to the Third Australian General Hospital, taking many photographs of staff, patients and hospital surroundings.

Archival history

Previously titled: Florence Elizabeth James-Wallace Collection.
Previously titled: Photographs of the World War, 1915-1916

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Two photograph albums containing 167 photographs. Includes photographs of Luxor, Cairo, Australian military hospitals in Egypt, Anzac beach, Australian military hospitals and personnel on Lemnos Island off Gallipoli, and Queenslanders who served in No. 3, Australian General Hospital, Australian Army Medical Corps. James-Wallace and nurses of the 3AGH were photographed by Private Albert William Savage, from whom it is said James-Wallace purchased 116 photographs. Handwritten captions with each photograph. Second album labelled: 'Lemnos Photos.'

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright expired.

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  • English

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Mitchell Library, NSW, holds a photograph album of Albert William Savage's ('Photographs of the Third Australian General Hospital at Lemnos, Egypt and Brighton (Eng.)', 1915-1917), PXE 698. Some of the photographs it contains are identical to those in these two albums, with slightly different captions.

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Material from this collection has been cited in:

Ward, Cheryl. (2015). Lemnos 1915 : then & now / by Cheryl Ward and Bernard de Broglio ; featuring the First World War photographs of Albert William Savage and Herschel Harris. Mosman, New South Wales : Bernard de Broglio.

Yiannakis, J. 2014. 'Lemnos and Gallipoli: Towards redressing a marginalised history', in Oliver, B. and Summers, S. (ed), Lest We Forget?: Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace, pp. 137-157. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 2-Jul-2021. Updated Amanda Main 22-Jul-2019. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




Anon. 2014. 'Echoes of Anzac at Lemnos', Sea Museum website, accessed online 2-Jul-2021.

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