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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs
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'Cameras were banned at the Western Front when the Anzacs arrived in 1916. Only official photographers were permitted to take propaganda pictures. Fearing the Anzacs would be ignored, correspondent Charles Bean continually argued for Australia to have a dedicated photographer. He was eventually assigned an enigmatic polar explorer—George Hubert Wilkins.

'Within weeks of arriving at the front Wilkins’ exploits were legendary. He did what no photographer had previously dared to do. He went ‘over the top’ with the troops and ran forward to photograph the actual fighting. He led soldiers into battle, captured German prisoners, was wounded repeatedly and twice awarded the Military Cross—all while he refused to carry a gun and only armed himself with a bulky, glass-plate camera. Wilkins ultimately produced the most detailed and accurate collection of World War I photographs in the world, which is now held at the Australian War Memorial.

'After the war Wilkins returned to exploring and, over the next forty years, his life became shrouded in secrecy. His work at the Western Front was forgotten as others claimed credit for his photographs. Throughout his life Wilkins wrote detailed diaries and letters, but when he died in 1958 these documents were locked away. Many were only discovered in 2013. Jeff Maynard follows a trail of myth and misinformation to locate Wilkins’ lost records and reveal the remarkable true story of Australia’s greatest war photographer. ' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Brunswick, Brunswick - Coburg area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2015 .
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      Extent: 296p.
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      • Published: 21st October 2015
      ISBN: 9781925106787
    • Brunswick, Brunswick - Coburg area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2016 .
      Extent: 296 (16pp b&w image)p.
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      • Published November 2016

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Ross McMullin , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 102 no. 1 2016; (p. 116-118)

'This is an absorbing book about an astonishing Australian whose under-recognition is a national embarrassment. H. G. Wilkins was an intrepid polar explorer, an outstanding war photographer, an innovative research scientist, a resourceful engineer, pilot and geographer, and much else besides. Unfailingly dedicated and principled, Wilkins was also modest and elusive, quirky and enigmatic. He was so extraordinary at the Western Front that John Monash kept describing him as the bravest man in the AIF until Wilkins asked Monash to stop' (Introduction)

Jeff Maynard, The Unseen Anzac WW , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7 November 2015;

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
The Unseen Anzac : Review Grantlee Kieza , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 December 2015; (p. 17)

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
Back to Front Tim Lloyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 November 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
Back to Front Tim Lloyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 November 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
The Unseen Anzac : Review Grantlee Kieza , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 December 2015; (p. 17)

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
Jeff Maynard, The Unseen Anzac WW , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7 November 2015;

— Review of The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Jeff Maynard , 2015 single work biography
[Review Essay] The Unseen Anzac : How an Enigmatic Explorer Created Australia's World War I Photographs Ross McMullin , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 102 no. 1 2016; (p. 116-118)

'This is an absorbing book about an astonishing Australian whose under-recognition is a national embarrassment. H. G. Wilkins was an intrepid polar explorer, an outstanding war photographer, an innovative research scientist, a resourceful engineer, pilot and geographer, and much else besides. Unfailingly dedicated and principled, Wilkins was also modest and elusive, quirky and enigmatic. He was so extraordinary at the Western Front that John Monash kept describing him as the bravest man in the AIF until Wilkins asked Monash to stop' (Introduction)

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