William James Mildenhall

William James "Jack" Mildenhall (1891–1962) photographed construction of the new Australian capital, Canberra, during its development in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mildenhall was a Commonwealth public servant, initially employed as paymaster in the Department of Works & Railways, he later became the Information Officer for the Federal Capital Commission in 1926.

Mildenhall had seen the need to officially document the growing national capital in photographs, and offered his services to the Department of Works & Railways in 1921; an offer which was readily accepted.

He often took photographs in his own time, and on an ad hoc basis alongside his full-time clerical position, continuing in this role until 1935, when complaints concerning his monopolisation of departmental photography resulted in an inquiry that forced the arrangement to be discontinued.

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Royal Visit, May 1927 - Mr Mildenhall with his Armstrong Siddley motor car Registration Number 27

Mildenhall photographic collection

The Mildenhall photographic collection contains more than 7,700 photographic images on glass negatives of Canberra in the 1920s and 1930s. The photographs were taken by William James Mildenhall.

Some images from the collection

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Mildenhall in 1927

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Manuka Pool

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Capitol Theatre, Manuka

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Collins Park and Eastlake

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Yarralumla Nursery from the air in 1923

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Molonglo River at Acton, 1920

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The Albert Hall about 1928

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