Posts Tagged WWI

MISSING AT POZIERES

MISSING AT POZIERES

In August 1915 a function was held in the small, rural village of North Motton, in North West Tasmania.  Local people were saying goodbye to seven young men from the district who were leaving to fight in WWI. After the speeches one fellow stepped forward; ‘Mr A.L.

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Stitches In Difficult Times

Stitches In  Difficult Times

Susan Stephens from Lapstone  in the Blue  Mountains  treasures a  hand knitted  jumper brought home from WWI by her grandfather, Hedley Stephens.  Fighting in France in May 1916,  Corporal Stephens went ‘over the top’ with a senior officer to check on their men.  The  pair were severely

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THE REDEMPTION OF ROBERT COOMBES

THE REDEMPTION OF ROBERT COOMBES

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED BY THE CIVIL POWER? Men enlisting in World War I were required to answer a series of personal questions. At the time, military authorities had no idea what lay behind  recruit Robert Coombe’s answer to No. 6, regarding apprenticeships;  ‘Mr Pike, Crowthorne,

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WORLD WAR I; THE AFTERMATH

WORLD WAR I; THE AFTERMATH

On February 19 1922  my great uncle, returned WWI veteran  Arthur  Singleton, was arrested. According to a  later report by the Ulverstone police  he was in a disturbed  mental state. Like many men, he had never recovered from his war service.  As one of the first  Australians

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THE SHYEST LILY

THE SHYEST LILY

Below is a photo taken in 1933, during the Great Depression. It is a Christmas lily farm at Pennant Hills, in New South wales. The farm produced 100,000 cut flowers for the  Australian florist trade that year.     It seems that Christmas lilies are no longer

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POISON PACT OR MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE?

POISON PACT OR MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE?

I first heard of the Wheeldon case in July 2017, on The Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Radio National. The  story  looked back to a day in 1986. Retired Macquarie University professor Peter Mason had gestured his daughters Diedre and Chloë  to play an  old video.  He could only gesture because he

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Tribute to Condensed Milk

Tribute to Condensed Milk

Condensed milk has been around for generations. I do love the following  snippet, published in an Australian newspaper in 1901; When condensed milk was first introduced thirty years ago  the idea was scoffed at. The inventor carried the entire daily  supply for New York in a ten-quart pail, delivering

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GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

GUNSHOT IN THE MITCHELL LIBRARY

The old Mitchell Library Reading Room, now the Friends’ Room. As a young woman, Miss Joyce Cocks became an attendant (and later a buyer) at Sydney’s historic  Mitchell Library. The Mitchell now forms part of the  vast Library of New South Wales complex.   In 1923 an armed man entered the building

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THE GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS

THE  GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS

A DAY OUT FOR EDITOR DES (THAT’S ME) Well one day my guardian Pauline Conolly took me to Sydney as a special treat. Now  she loves  going to the State Library, but I don’t  (boooooring!!) I was  pretty p…..d off when we ended up there (sorry, I

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BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

BATTLEFIELD BLOOMS

FLORAL MEMENTOES OF WAR The Gallipoli Rose (Cistus salvifolius) was the Australian War Memorial’s first commemorative plant. It grew on the  bloody battlefields of  Gallipoli. The sight of the flowers  lifted the spirits of the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), who  brought home the seeds. 

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