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Postcard from Len Uren to William and Mary Anna Uren depicting 'River and promenade, Bedford', 1917

AR00286.008

Postcard from Len Uren to William and Mary Anna Uren depicting 'River and promenade, Bedford', 1917

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Physical description

A sepia photograph postcard that features a river with people and trees on a riverbank promenade and white printed text at the lower right edge that reads 'River and Promenade, Bedford'. On the back the handwritten text partially reads '13.10.18. / Haven't any more news only I received / a letter today dated Aug 22nd & in it you / answer my letter of July 6th just about / fifteen weeks isn't so bad out & back / so I thought I'd let you know... Tons of love Len'.

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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