Our latest exhibition A Soldier’s View features the museum’s collection of photographs kept by Australian soldier, Captain Brian O’Sullivan.

Captain O’Sullivan was born in Richmond, Melbourne in 1895. After enrolling in medicine at Melbourne University in 1913, Captain O’Sullivan deferred his study when war broke out in 1914.

As an amateur photographer, Captain O’Sullivan captured his journey during World War One, offering an insight into life onboard the ship towards Europe, on the frontline and in the trenches. He also collected photographs from other photographers, such as Frank Hurley.

A Soldier’s View follows Captain O’Sullivan’s journey from his enlistment to the soldiers’ downtime and travel. We also see the reality of war as seen by the soldiers.

A Soldier’s View is open from May 16 until October 7, 2016.

Written by Danni Roberts, third year history student at Federation University.

Soldiers being attended to during a physical inspection (Gold Museum collection, 2011.0742)

Soldiers being attended to during a physical inspection (Gold Museum collection, 2011.0742)

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