: Northern Rivers Waste workers (from left) Sean Elliott, Mick Byrne, and Charlie Crethar with the WWI photographs they found t
: Northern Rivers Waste workers (from left) Sean Elliott, Mick Byrne, and Charlie Crethar with the WWI photographs they found t

RSL digging for photo answers

By HELEN JACK HISTORIC photos of World War I diggers found at Lismore City Council's waste facility were rescued moments before being destroyed by a bulldozer.

Recovery officer Sean Elliott found the photos during a routine scavenge of the facility.

"They were moments away from destruction," he said. "They were sitting on top of each other in a stack where someone had placed them."

One of the photographs is of two diggers and another is of a soldier sitting on a camel in front of an Egyptian pyramid.

The photographs have been passed on to the City of Lismore RSL Sub Branch, but the identity of the men pictured is a mystery.

Sub Branch treasurer Phil Consalvo said it was a shame that someone felt the need to dispose of the photos at the tip and if anyone knew of the soldiers' identity they should call the Lismore City Sub Branch.

"We are very excited the photos were found and handed in," he said.

"We would have been disappointed if they had been destroyed in the rubbish because there is a lot of sentimental value connected with those photos."

Mr Consalvo said it was important for the public to know they could hand in old war time memorabilia to the RSL for preservation.

"It is ... important to honour their memory so we don't forget them; all those who went to war," he said.



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