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Current Exhibition


Lost images from Australia's first conflict - the fall of German New Guinea

Exhibition: Wednesday 25 March - Saturday 11 April 2015
Opening: Friday 27 March from 5:15pm

Thomas James Rodoni, Group of uniformed soldiers (New Guinea), 1914

Thomas James Rodoni's glass plate negatives were unearthed from under a house in Speers Point by Thomas James Rodoni's son Bill, and given to Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle in early 2014.

An important segment of the collection are lost treasures that document the first military conflict of the Great War: the capture and occupation of German New Guinea by the Australian Navy & Military Expeditionary Force, an engagement that witnessed the first casualties of WW1. Rodoni's photographs – many of them "candid" shots – are a rare glimpse of this pivotal moment in Australia's history. He has documented the energetic atmosphere of pre-war Sydney and surrounds, as well as the expedition to the Pacific region.

This extremely rare collection is by one of the few unofficial photographers during the war and this is the first time these images will be on display. In the broader context of ANZAC Centenary commemorations, the exhibition brings both personal stories and national history to light; a tribute to Rodoni and the Australian forces that contributed to the war effort. The University of Newcastle is honoured, as a part of its 50th anniversary, to invite students, staff and visitors to see these extraordinary images for the first time.

Please join us to celebrate at the opening with a gallery talk with the Archivist at 5:15pm and official launch with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt from 6pm. 

Entry is free, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Your RSVP is appreciated, phone 02 49215255 or email

Thomas James Rodoni, self portrait on the steps (New Guinea), 1914 

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