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Black and white photograph of Len Uren and group of dental corps officers in uniform

AR00286.014

Black and white photograph of Len Uren and group of dental corps officers in uniform

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Physical description

A black and white photograph featuring a group of ten men in army uniforms in front of a weatherboard wall with a sign that reads 'DENTIST' on the entrance door. Four men are sitting in a row on stools with two men kneeling at each end and four men standing behind. On the back the printed text at the top reads 'POST CARD / For Correspondence / Address Only'. The text on the left side reads 'Copies & Enlargements can be had from R.[?] .E Mills & Co. Slades Green Station, Erith.'

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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