Posts Tagged World War I

STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW GUN FACTORY

STRANGE STORIES FROM THE LITHGOW GUN FACTORY

On February 4  1908,  Australian military officials approved a site at  the coal mining town of Lithgow in New South Wales  for a small arms factory.  The fact that coal could be delivered to the site very cheaply  was an important factor in the choice. With the

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BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

BLUEY; THE ARMY COOK WITH A DEVIL OF A JOB

When the troopship Geelong left Hobart on October 20 1914, it carried the  Tasmanian contingent of the 12th Battalion  to Egypt, and  thence to  Gallipoli and France. There was a unique  mascot on board, a Tasmanian devil.  I’m not sure whether the practice  was  officially sanctioned, but

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THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

THE COURAGE OF SAPPER McRAE

            On April 26 1915, the day after the dawn landing at Gallipoli, Sapper Duncan McRae (2nd Field Co. of Engineers) was shot in the shoulder by a Turkish sniper. He was evacuated to Egypt and from there to a military  hospital

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LOST AT POZIERES

LOST AT POZIERES

On May 12 1915, a 21 year old  clerk with the New South Wales shire of Murrumbidgee enlisted in World War I. His name was Eric Richard Conolly. He became a member of the 3rd Battalion A.I.F. Initially, Private Conolly served at Gallipoli, and was on the

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WORLD WAR I AND THE WRIST WATCH

A TIME OF CHANGE Recently I found an unusual watch in a family jewel box. I can only assume it belonged to my husband’s grandfather, Wallace Conolly.  The band has vanished, but otherwise it is in reasonable  condition.   It has a hinged, deep case reminiscent of a

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Mr Eternity – Arthur Stace

Mr Eternity - Arthur Stace

*THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED, IN A SLIGHTLY SHORTER VERSION, IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO SAVING SOULS.   Much has been written about the mysterious ‘Mr Eternity’, Arthur Stace, who chalked his famous one word sermon throughout the streets of Sydney. Less well

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The Next Big Thing!

 A WORK IN PROGRESS – GHOSTS OF GALLIPOLI A fellow author   invited me to share some information about my current work-in-progress in an author ‘interview’ called The Next Big Thing!  You may expect me to talk about The Water Doctor’s Daughters, or All Along the River; Tales

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