ION IDRIESS’S CAMERA

Ion Idriess was wounded at Gallipoli and Beersheba whilst a member of the 5th Australian Light Horse. He returned to Australia and in 1927 and commenced a marvelous new career of writing historical Australian adventure and historical books. He completed over 50 books in his lifetime, many running into 30 reprints. He was also a prolific photographer and took the many hundreds of photos that were used in his books. Many of these photos, taken over 60 years ago, are highly prized as they show the country and its inhabitants all those years ago. This battered Zeiss camera was the camera he carried with him all those years and is now on display along with original photos and many of his writings. The Ion Idriess contribution to Australia’s Literature of the day was profound.

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