Collection UQFL275 - Wally Doe Photographs

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Wally Doe Photographs


  • 1932-1948 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 album, 1 parcel

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Biographical history

Walter Lewis Doe was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, on 15 November 1907. He migrated to Australia in 1924. In 1930 Wally, as he was known, went to the Mandated Territory of New Guinea to work for Bulolo Gold Dredging. He fought in World War Two with the Royal Australian Air Force (1941 to 1943) and the Australian Army (1943 to 1945) after which he returned to Wau in Papua New Guinea, eventually returning to Australia in 1953. At the time his autobiography, Wandering Wally, was published in 1997, Wally Doe was living in Dalmeny, N.S.W.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Photographs, 1932-1948
Collection alternatively titled as: Wally Doe Collection / W L Doe Collection

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Scope and content

Two hundred and twenty five photographs (mostly black and white photographs), eighteen real photo postcards, and four 35 mm negatives. These photographic images are mostly taken Papua New Guinea, mainly depicting Bulolo gold fields. Many of the photographs have been taken by Wally Doe or feature him (and his wife Billie). Handwritten identifying notes on the back of most photographs; some of these notes are by John Murphy.

Accompanied by one album, 14 x 20 cm, with 23 black and white photographs with a typescript note pasted to the front cover with information about what became of the dredges during the Second World War. These photographs have been attached to the pages using photo corners; it appears some may have been removed or lost at some time.

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System of arrangement

Arranged into two series:
Series A: Wally Doe Photographic material.
Series B: Photographic material received from the Papua New Guinea Association relating to Wally Doe.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Pre-1955 photographs: Out of copyright. Able to be reproduced without permission. Please attribute the Fryer Library.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Photographs were previously sticky taped on card and have been removed; some still have pieces of card glued to the reverse of the photographs.

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Photographs rehoused in February 2024.

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Libraries Australia ID

21259649 ; 62992982



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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 18-Mar-2024. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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