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A Camera on the Somme

Bendigo Art Gallery

14 June - 2 August 2009

The First World War was an industrial war of global proportions which looms large in the Australian psyche. It was into this world conflict that two young brothers from central Victoria, Jack and Bert Grinton, found themselves serving in the trenches of France and Belgium. 90 years later an extraordinary find came to light. Inside a biscuit tin stored for decades in a shed on the Grinton farm – and headed for the rubbish – was a large collection of negatives and photographs; images taken by Jack and Bert Grinton between 1916 and 1919 with the cameras they carried with them during the war.

This collection is a unique addition to the historical record, capturing people and places often overlooked by official war photographs whilst also highlighting the development and artistry of amateur photography.

On conclusion at Bendigo Art Gallery, A Camera on the Somme will tour to galleries around Australia.

Ipswich Art Gallery
23 January – 21 March 2010
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
25 April – 27 June 2010
Shrine of Remembrance
October 2010 – February 2011
Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
26 March – 25 April 2011

Jack Grinton
England 1916 (detail)
Collection Bendigo RSL Museum and Eaglehawk Heritage Society. Courtesy of Jean Grinton and Dot Hammer

If you would like further information about the 38th Battalion please contact Peter Ball at the Bendigo & District RSL Museum 03 5442 4513.


Museums Australia Victoria

Supported by Museums Australia (Victoria)'s Regional Exhibition Touring Initiative (RETI). RETI is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.


This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Saluting Their Service commemorations program.


Bendigo District RSL Museum

Eaglehawk Heritage Society

Templeton Studios


An education kit is available for A Camera on the Somme, this can be downloaded by following the link below:

A Camera on the Somme Education Notes

Jack Grinton, England 1916 (detail), Collection Bendigo RSL Museum and Eaglehawk Heritage Society, Courtesy of Jean Grinton and Dot Hammer