Spotlight falls on proud war veterans

Above: Florence Perkins with a photograph of herself during World War II. Right: Graham Perkins discusses his portrait with photographer Kingsley Klau.
Spotlight falls on proud war veterans
Above: Florence Perkins with a photograph of herself during World War II. Right: Graham Perkins discusses his portrait with photographer Kingsley Klau.

Professional photographers nationwide are donating their time and talent creating portraits to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II for the National Archives.

In Mandurah last week, Rockingham professional photographer Kingsley Klau and community volunteer Justice Warren spent a day at Mandurah RSL photographing and documenting a steady stream of servicemen and women.

Mrs Warren said the main aim was to take a photograph of everyone who were involved in World War II.

But she said many were not members of the RSL or lived in a retirement village and it was hard to get the word out.

She was disappointed that only three businesses she approached in central Mandurah were willing to display a poster.

Among those to had their photographs taken last week were Erskine resident Florence Isabell Perkins, a former private in the Army.

Also, 93-year-old Graham Perkins (not related), a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Marines who was involved in the D-Day invasion, and campaigns in the Far East, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Veterans received a free printed portrait photograph for their participation.

Call Mrs Warren on 9544 5103.