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Photograph of a military hospital ward owned by Len Uren

2013.0053.0010.035

Photograph of a military hospital ward owned by Len Uren

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Physical description

A black and white photograph featuring a military hospital ward with men in beds on both sides of a room with men standing near a chimney and single drawer desk in the background. The white text on the left hand side reads 'P.H.BR. HOSP 20/6/16'. The paper is curling along the long edges.

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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