Louis Thuillier collection
This treasure was asleep in a Picard attic and was brought to light by Mr. Ross Coulthard, the Sunday Night program team, Mr. Peter Burness, Mr. Laurent Mirouze, Mr. Max Uechtritz.
Channel Seven, an Australian TV network, became aware of several thousand photographic plates from the First World War held at our village. Three documentaries were produced in 2011 and broadcast on the Channel 7 Sunday Night program. The broadcasts triggered a deep emotional response, both in Australia and Vignacourt.
These photographs are recognized by experts as one of the most important recent discoveries of the First World War. The majority of plates have benefited from high quality restoration and the best available technologies, such as facial recognition technology.
The video above presents the work done by the Australian War memorial.
This is a collection of 4000 glass-plate negatives with Australian, British, French, Indian and US soldiers, Chinese Labour Corps, and French civilians. The determination of M. MIROUZE, allowed us to benefit from this valuable heritage.
Several photos offered by Mr. Kerry STOKES at the Australian war memorial, were shown in exhibitions in Australia (From 2 November 2012 until 31 July 2013 at Canberra) and others dates are planned at the Western Australian Museum, Perth, at Western Australian Museum, Albany, at the Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulde, at the Western Australian Museum, Geraldton. A few photos are available on the War memorial website.
Since 10 April 2018, an interpretation center has been opened: "Vignacourt 14-18",
at the same place where Louis took the photos. The Website is www.vignacourt1418.com.
The Vignacourt Lone Pine in Horsham
A French delegation with young Vignacourt citizens and Mrs. Lucile Werkin have been part of the planting a lone pine at Horsham, a cenotaph in 2014.
Horsham is a rural city on the banks of the Wimmera River in Victoria linked to the story of Robert Edward Charles, 29th Australian infantry battalion. He was Councillor, Horsham city Council 1936-1950, Mayor, 1940-1945 and President, Horsham RSL Sub Branch 1932-1937.
A few fragments of the story of Robert Edward Charles have reconstructed in 2013-2014, thanks to exchanges with Mrs. Virginia Easson, the youngest daughter of Sgt Charles and the grand-daughter Mrs. Sally Bertram and Mrs. Alison McCallum.
And for my part, I succeeded to find the family descendants who helped Sgt Charles in a period of convalescence in northern France during the first world war. A story linked to a lace factory in Calais.
Credits photos - Courtesy Cr Mark Radford, Mayor of Horsham.