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Able Seaman Thomas Fleming Walker

Date: c 1900
Dimensions:
Overall: 300 × 400 mm
Medium: Photograph, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John Walker
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00054875
Related Place:New South Wales,

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    Description
    Large photographic portrait of Able Seaman Thomas Fleming Walker in the uniform of the New South Wales Naval Brigade. The photograph was taken around the time of ABS Walker's participation in the Boxer Rebellion (ca. 1900).
    SignificanceThe Boxer Rebellion was the largest conflict in which the military forces of Australia played a role prior to Federation. The primary contributors to what became known as the 'Australian Contingent' were servicemen from the colonial naval forces of New South Wales and Victoria. Thomas Fleming Walker was a member of the New South Wales Naval Brigade and participated in garrison duties at Peking. Members of the brigade saw little combat, but performed critical police and guard duties, and helped restore civil order. Within ANMM's collections, only one other photograph exists of a Boxer Rebellion serviceman. Thomas Walker's portrait is therefore rare and unique, and provides a human face to Australians who participated in this relatively little-known but incredibly significant conflict.

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