Pictures of service

Joseph Stenson took part in a photographic project featuring World War II veterans. Picture: Lynn Gail
Joseph Stenson took part in a photographic project featuring World War II veterans. Picture: Lynn Gail

Joseph Stenson (99) was one of the veterans who posed for a portrait by Quinns Rocks photographer Lynn Gail at Bethanie Kingsley this month.

The portraits form part of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography�s (AIPP) project �Reflections: Honouring Our World War II Veterans�.

Born in England on April 20, 1916, Mr Stenson arrived in Australia in 1964. He served as a leading seaman in World War II in the Royal Navy.

He served from 1936 to 1945 on The Sussex, Juno and The Suffolk.

Mr Stenson maintained his physical wellbeing, for which he was commended in the 2003 Senior of the Year Awards for sports and recreation.

He taught fitness to senior citizens at Whitfords Fitness Centre for more than 30 years and is a lifetime member of the Senior Citizens Club.

Mrs Gail said she and Ridgewood photographer Laura McLean, who visited the RAAFA Cambrai estate in Merriwa in mid-June, had collectively photographed more than 40 veterans.

Mrs McLean said it was an opportunity to give something back and honour veterans.

�They have got amazing stories � it�s been really good,� she said.

In the AIPP project, photographers around the country volunteered to take photos of more than 14,000 veterans before July 31 for a pictorial record that will be added to the Australian War Memorial archives.

Profits from the resale of photographs will be donated to Legacy and the RSL Foundation.