Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer


Photograph of six soldiers in a barracks owned by Len Uren


Photograph of six soldiers in a barracks owned by Len Uren

Object information

Physical description

A black and white photograph featuring a group of six men wearing partial military uniform and sitting around a bed with one man laying on top of the bed. In the background there is a window with the blinds partially closed. Above the bed head there is a towel hanging. Next to the towel there is a shelf with military clothing hanging from it. On the left there is a bag with the text 'N29994 / H. MANCHESTER / A.A.M.C'. The paper is curling up 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.

Object information

Back to top