Mandurah: Epic project to photograph World War II veterans completed

Lily Carruthers
Clarence Anderson
Lily Carruthers Clarence Anderson

IN April 2015, the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers embarked on an epic journey to photograph the remaining veterans of World War 2 in Australia.

The project was called Reflections.

Reflections aimed to create a significant archive that reflected a sensitive portrayal of their elderly state and provide a comparison to the wartime images of young active men and women.

Accredited photographers were given set parameters for the photographs and the veterans received a commemorative print to honour their participation.

Mandurah resident Justine Warren became involved in the project following research into her husband’s uncle’s World War 2 records.

Her journey to locate and contact the veterans took her more than 20,000 kilometres and phone calls to every RSL club in WA.

During the process she made contact with Rockingham AIPP photographer Kingsley Klau who worked with Justine to capture the images for the historic collection.

An insurmountable task, but Justine Warren’s efforts were rewarded with 90 veterans being photographed by Klau – 6000 in total in Australia will now have their photographs recorded in Australian history.

The photographs are being presented to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for archiving and a book will be produced at a later date.

This month, Klau will be one of the few AIPP members to be invited to the presentation of photographs and the launch of the digital installation of the photos at the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Klau attributed the success of locating the 65 wonderful “diggers” to the dedication and persistence of Ms Warren.