FARMS FIT FOR HEROES?

FARMS FIT FOR HEROES?

Soldier Settlement was a federal, but state administered initiative which began during WWI. Land was purchased by government to provide small farms for returning servicemen, often on leasehold. One person who applied was my great-uncle Arthur Singleton, from Ulverstone. With the 12th Battalion he had taken part

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CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE A.I.F.

CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE A.I.F.

Our first troops left Australia in late October 1914 following the outbreak of World War I. They disembarked in Egypt at Alexandria, and were then moved to a vast encampment near Cairo, where they continued to train in the shadow of the great pyramids. Soon, it was

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THE LOST PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

THE LOST PORTRAIT OF EDITH CAVELL

IN APPRECIATION….. In 1931, Dr Victor Ratten performed life-saving surgery on 14 year old Myra Garnett at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Some weeks later the girl’s grateful father presented Dr Ratten with a generous and most appropriate gift. George Garnett was a British born art connoisseur and

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HONOURING THE FALLEN; THE SYDNEY UNIVERSITY CARILLON

HONOURING THE FALLEN; THE SYDNEY UNIVERSITY CARILLON

In 1924, fundraising began for a carillon at Sydney University, to remember the undergraduates, graduates, and staff who died in World War One. When they hear the glorious peals of the carillon, young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams. Justice Street. The project was

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HARLEY COHEN; GALLIPOLI STROLLER

HARLEY COHEN;  GALLIPOLI STROLLER

Sydney born Harley Cohen was one of the first to enlist in WWI. His  service number in the 4th Battalion  was a very low 37.  He was a slight figure,  only 5′ 3″ tall  and weighing in at a shade over 8 stone. He was university educated

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James Leslie; a Blackheath Benefactor in WWI.

James Leslie; a Blackheath Benefactor in  WWI.

For many years a retired grazier  from Forbes, Mr James Smart Leslie, had a  holiday home in the Blue Mountains at Blackheath. He named it Balquhain, after an ancestral property in Scotland. When WWI broke out, Mr Leslie and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) were anxious to help.

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Captain Blakney – a hero of WWI

HAPPY TO SERVE Cyril Blakney  enlisted in the 12th Infantry Battalion as soon as war was declared in 1914.  He was a compositor from Hobart, and also an accomplished  musician and amateur actor. Such a fine looking young man. After the Gallipoli campaign Cyril  served on the Western

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TALES FROM THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS FACTORY

TALES FROM THE LITHGOW SMALL ARMS 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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THE TASMANIAN DEVIL AND THE ARMY COOK

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL AND THE ARMY COOK

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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TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

  Sometimes the tiniest, least expensive gifts  provide  the greatest pleasure.  When recipients acknowledge their  delight in the manner of the examples below, the result it is a gift to us all.   In 1989 The children’s author Roald Dahl received a small container  filled with coloured

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