As we find different ways to commemorate Anzac Day this year, we look back on some poignant scenes from years past.
Three decades of veterans and spectators at Sydney’s Anzac Day marches are captured in a recently acquired photography collection.
Sydney-based photographer Ian Lever has given the Library a detailed photographic record of six Anzac Day parades and commemorations in Sydney’s CBD. The 170 manually printed black and white photographs taken between 1980 to 2012 include many intimate portraits of veterans, showing their uniforms, medals and the expressions on their weathered faces.
Lever’s photographs capture formal and informal aspects of Anzac Day commemorations, recording the spectators, families and children, and the changing streetscape over three decades.
Most images are not captioned, but name badges of some individuals are clearly visible. Veterans are often seen next to banners that indicate their battalion and other military information, adding further interest for family and military historians.
Ian Lever began his career in photography at the age of 19. After four years managing photo labs in Canada and London, he opened his own Black & White Lab in Sydney in 1974, one of Sydney’s longest running commercial photography labs. He is perhaps best-known for his series on eastern suburbs pools, and has worked extensively for the Australian Tourist Commission and local councils.
The Anzac Day series builds on the Library’s significant collections on Australians and the military, and complements the photographs of Anzac Day commemorations around New South Wales commissioned by the Library in 2015.
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