One of 108 images in an album from World War I likely to have been taken by Captain Edward Albert McKenna. The album contains photographs of the 7th Battalion in Egypt.
Image of the gardens near the Delta Barrage or Barrage Bridge.
Designed by the Frenchman Mougel Bey, the Delta Barrage is the first modern attempt to control the waters of the Nile. Built at the point of the Nile where it splits into its two branches (Rosette and Daminette) to form the Delta, the Delta Barrage took over thirty years to built and was subject to several financial setbacks. When it was finally completed in 1862 it was found to have structural problems that prevented it from being effective. After a five year program of repair works to strengthen its foundations, the Delta Barrage exceeded expectations by giving unprecedented control of the Nile in Lower Egypt.
Unfortunately the Delta Barrage began to leak once again and was eventually replaced by the Mohammed Ali Bridge in 1939.
The gardens were created by Walter Draper who was trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England and were know as the 'Kew of Egypt.'
See also HT 32626 and 107406, 107407, 107408, 107409, 107410 and 107412.
The album relates to the service of Captain Edward Albert McKenna. McKenna, born in Castlemaine, Victoria, was a 36-year-old department manager of soft goods when he enlisted on 17 August 1914. He lived at 5 St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne, and had been married to Elizabeth ('Lillie') Mary McKenna since 1910. He embarked from Melbourne 19 October 1914 on the HMAT Hororata, and served in the 7th Battalion Australian Infantry.
He was killed in action in Gallipoli around 25-30 April 1915, aged 37. His kit bag was unusually full, even containing seven shirts, a pillow, six towels, a travelling rug, gumboots, and pyjamas and slippers. Also amongst his possessions was a camera, although no photographic prints or albums.
He was buried at 7 Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli. His details appear on the honours roll on the web page of the Australian War Memorial.
Description of Content
Photograph of a landscaped garden.
Black and white photographic print on paper with a white border.
Donation from Mr J. Willis, circa 1986
Mr. J. Willis
Place & Date Depicted
Hand-written in black ink on the support above the image: 'Views of the Gardens at Barage' Hand-written in pencil on the back of the photograph: 'The Gardens at Barage / thes are all flowering / shrubs the colourings / are glorious / Bakouria I think / a big purple flower / to very brilliant / I hope you know what I / mean I don't know if sheet correct'
Type of item
Image Dimensions - Photograph
108 mm (Width), 84 mm (Height)
Image Dimensions - Photograph album page
174 mm (Width), 141 mm (Height)
National Archives of Australia: McKenna Edward Albert, barcode 1949283, series B2455/1. Picture comparison: [Link 1] Samir Raafat, 'The Delta Barrage,' Cairo Times, August 21, 1997, at: [Link 2] accessed: August 10, 2012 Warrant Officer Hawker, 'The Delta Barrage (Near Cairo),' The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), Thursday 9 March 1916, Trove, at: [Link 3] accessed: January 9, 2013