One of a collection of glass plate negatives of South Australian soldiers, likely produced in metropolitan Adelaide from late 1914 to 1916. The majority of the images are single portraits and demonstrate a wide variety of uniforms, accoutrements and weapons, including swords and rifles with and without fixed bayonets, and various backdrops including outdoors, against buildings, and studio shots with a rural idyll woodland background.
Included are portraits of men in twos or groups of three or more, some with wives and sometimes children and parents. Some portraits feature warhorses, senior offices, a quartermaster, and the crew of a West Spring Gun.
The original paper envelopes of a number of the glass plates have survived, providing the name of the soldier along with details of the types and quantities of prints ordered. One of the envelopes gives details of the maker, Edwards and Errington of 52 Flinders Street, Adelaide. See B 74889-B 75011, B 75104.
James Mashford Atkins - Age 24 5/12 on 28.11.1914 Mother Annie Atkins. Has his description on. He was listed as unfit with a left hernia.John Raymond Atkins - Age 21 7/12 on 25.2.15 - Mother Annie Atkins. Noted as absent from parade on 8.4.15. Drunk and using obscene language. Stkiking a superior officer. Resisting escort. Breaking away from guard with loaded rifle. Awarded 28 days No 2. FP
I have also found this family tree by Elizabeth Giles on the internet https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Atkins-3680 but James Mashford Atkins is not listed as a brother. I wondered if there has been a hearing problem along the line and it should be James not Haynes.