Jacques Playoust

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First name: Jacques

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Last name: Playoust

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In the late 19th century wool buyers from the Flanders region of France emigrated with their families to Australia in order to buy wool for weaving in the great textile centres of northern France. Among them were the Playoust family who settled in Sydney. At the outbreak of war in 1914, members of this family returned to France to fight for their homeland

Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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