Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mystery Portrait of Soldier Returns Home

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mystery Portrait of Soldier Returns Home

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Byline: LEAH WHITE

FOR more than three decades, the portrait of First World War soldier Vivian Alexander Chisholm remained a mystery.

It was purchased for $1 at the Nimbin markets in 1978 by Queensland couple John and Shirley Power.

Eight months ago, the couple donated the portrait to the Lismore RSL Sub Branch in the hope it would find its way back to the owner's family.

Mr Power told the Lismore RSL Sub Branch it would give him great joy to know the portrait was returned to its family and failing this, he said he was happy to donate it to the Sub Branch, knowing they were in need of archival pictures for a display.

He said he believed it was a portrait of a Lismore soldier as it was taken at Redford Studios in Molesworth St.

The portrait remained in the care of Lismore RSL Sub Branch president Cecil Harris until a notice went out about it with a Dunoon District War Memorial letter and was seen by Pte Chisholm's grandchildren, Wendy King and Ian Harris. …

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