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The Lost Diggers - Ross Coulthart

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Published: 1st November 2012
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the French town of Vignacourt, two hours north of Paris. Many had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier as souvenirs while they enjoyed a brief respite from the carnage of the Western Front.

For all too many, this was their last moment away from the lines before being sent to their deaths in battles that are now part of the mythology of Australian nationhood - Pozieres, Bullecourt, the Somme. The weariness and horror of battle is reflected in their eyes, but the photos also capture a sense of camaraderie, high spirits and even a soupçon of romance.

The Lost Diggers is the riveting detective story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart to an ancient metal chest in a dusty attic in a small farmhouse.

The nearly 4000 glass plates he and his team from Channel 7’s Sunday Night discovered are being hailed by experts as one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made.

But that was just the beginning. With meticulous research and the help of descendants, Ross Coulthart has been able to discover the stories behind many of the photos, of which more than 330 appear in the book.

Part thriller, part family history and part national archive, The Lost Diggers brings together these wonderful images and the amazing stories behind them.

The book will coincide with an exhibition of the photos at the Australian War Memorial, to run from 1 Nov 2012 to 31 July 2013. The AWM attracted more than 800,000 visitors during 2010-11.

About the Author

Ross Coulthart, one of Australia’s foremost investigative journalists, has won five Walkley journalism awards, including the prized Gold Walkley and a Logie. A law graduate, he has previously worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The New Zealand Herald, ABC TV and Channel Nine.

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The Lost Diggers
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

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  • Deeply informative (15)
  • Well written (14)
  • Easy to understand (12)
  • Broad appeal (11)
  • Groundbreaking research (6)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (3)

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5.0

Loved by anyone with interest or relatives in WW1

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  • Easy To Understand
  • Great Historical Record
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    Comments about The Lost Diggers:

    A unique collection of portraits of Australian soldiers in WW1 from nearly 4000 glass slide negatives hunted down to an attic in a French farmhouse at Vignacourt. The soldiers often had their photographs taken to send home to their families. They were often the last or only ones their families have. Many have been identified but many still haven't. Can you help by identifying any? Wonderful images and histories of many of the Diggers. A moving and poignant read with the majority of the book taken up with photographs.

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    4.0

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    • Deeply Informative
    • Groundbreaking Research

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      Best Uses

      • Military Reference
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      Comments about The Lost Diggers:

      I am a amateur historian and this is a beautiful book very large and well laid out with generous size print. It has been very interesting and informative. Maybe someone I am looking for is in this book and unnamed. Excellent purchase. I am very happy with it.

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      4.0

      Stunning book

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      from Ballarat

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      • Continually Relevant
      • Deeply Informative
      • Historically Important
      • Well Written

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        • Reference
        • Ww1 Interest

        Comments about The Lost Diggers:

        Book is beautifully presented and a poignant reminder of the humanity and sacrifices of WW1

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        5.0

        An amazing book

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        from Brisbane

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          Comments about The Lost Diggers:

          This book was an amazing capture of an era that could be quickly forgotten. I have shared it with myy students from ages 7 to 12. They found it inspirational. I love it.

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            Comments about The Lost Diggers:

            Awesome resource, findings and just as a part of history.

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            5.0

            An Awesome read. Part of our history.

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            from Dawesville, Western Australia

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            • Deeply Informative
            • Easy To Understand
            • Well Written

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              Comments about The Lost Diggers:

              This is a book I am still in awe of. It is to be passed on down my family & I am so glad I stretched my budget to buy it.

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              5.0

              Well received Christmas present

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              from Country NSW

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              • Broad Appeal
              • Easy To Understand
              • Great Photographs
              • Groundbreaking Research
              • Well Written

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                Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                This large book explores a unique discovery and does so exceptionally well.

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                5.0

                Could not put down

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                from Heyfield VIC

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                  Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                  Was given to my brother in law as a Christmas gift. I have been told that he loves it and cannot put it down.

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                  5.0

                  This is history .

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                  from Erskine. W.A.

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                    Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                    excellent delivery service product was well wrapped and arrived in very good order.

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                    4.0

                    Fabulous photos

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                    from Wodonga

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                    • Broad Appeal
                    • Deeply Informative

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                      Comments about The Lost Diggers:

                      The book sits on my coffee table for everyone to browse when they like.
                      A reflection of a time gone by.
                      The book is very large & heavy

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                      ISBN: 9780732294618
                      ISBN-10: 0732294614
                      Audience: General
                      For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
                      For Grades: 7 - 9
                      Format: Hardcover
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 400
                      Published: 1st November 2012
                      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 30.7 x 30.7  x 4.1
                      Weight (kg): 3.21