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Triangular Union Jack flag owned by Len Uren


Triangular Union Jack flag owned by Len Uren

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Physical description

A discoloured triangular shaped Union Jack flag in red white and blue. The flag is attached to a wooden rod that has been broken at the lower end. On four of the white stripe lines there is hand written text. The text on the top white horizontal stripe on the left side of the flag reads 'RED CROSS [ ---? ] FRIDAY 28'. On the lower and left diagonal stripe the text is illegible. The text on the vertical right white stripe at the top reads 'ARMISTICE 11/11/18'.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a number of objects belonging to Leonard Sydney Uren (1894-1984), a member of the First Australian Imperial Force during World War 1, and later a well-respected dentist based in Penrith, NSW between the 1920s and 1970s. The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia relating to the professional and personal aspects of Uren's wartime service, and lends insight into the acquisition of skills which would support his later career. All objects in this collection survive in a good state of conservation.

The 'Len Uren collection' allows for an exploration of the experiences of Australian servicemen during the 1915 Gallipoli landings and on the Western Front during World War 1. This collection illustrates the personal tragedies of war, as well as the professional opportunities offered by the AIF which shaped the lives of ex-servicemen. This collection offers access into the social and labour history of World War 1, and the transformation of professional dentistry in Australia during the early to mid twentieth-century.

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