Jun 12, 2011
My father had kept a number of photographs that were taken during the war years. He had also collected a number of official photographs that were taken by photographers with the Australian Imperial Forces. I have also included a number of personal photographs.
The new recruit, 1941.
This photograph was taken in 1941. The reverse of the photograph records the actual date however the details have been obscured by a piece of paper that had been glued to the photograph.
Singapore, November 2nd, 1941.
New World Amusement Park, Singapore. Francis Xavier Larkin Snr is photographed with Noel Austin, Jack Dickinson and Harold Day. The reverse of the photograph provides details for each of the three soldiers.
Ohama, Japan, September, 1944.
The original copy of this photograph was taken on the day that Francis Xavier Larkin Snr arrived at the Ohama Coal Mining Company. The photograph was taken on or about September 7th, 1944.
Ohama, Japan. August, 1945.
This photograph was taken on or about August 21st, 1945. Arrangements were made for a photographer to capture the moment as a record of their time in the camp. View a high resolution copy of the photograph.
Frank and his brother, Bill Larkin.
I am not sure when this photograph at left was taken. Pictured with Bill and Frank are two of the family dogs, Little Black and Old Toby.
Francis Xavier Larkin Snr.
This photograph was probably taken in 1945, following Frank’s return to Australia. I am not sure of the exact date when the photograph was taken.
Frank passed away June 7th, 2001.
Frank passed away on June 7th, 2001. A flag was draped over his casket and the “Last Post” was also played in recognition of his war service.
Jun 12, 2011
These are relics from Frank’s time in the army. They include personal possessions that Frank always kept during his time as a prisoner of war. The gallery below features all of the relics.
This is Frank’s prayer book. An orchid was pressed between the pages and it is still there to this day.
POW identification tag
This is one of Frank’s prisoner identification tags that was given to him by guards of the Imperial Japanese Army. The number is 410.
This cross was carved out of teak by Frank.
This is a rice dish that was used by Frank. A design has been inscribed into the base of the dish using a nail or piece of broken glass
Jun 12, 2011
My father collected a number of official photographs after the war. I am not sure of the source. Perhaps the photographs were obtained from 2/19th Battalion Association or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.