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Archival Collections: Transcripts of World War One diaries and letters

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World War One

 

Catalogue number 

Name

Description

D 4057/5

HH Moule

Letter from Trooper HH Moule, 3rd Light Horse, Palestine, to Miss Fenton, with thanks for Comforts Fund gifts 1917

D 4975

 

Arthur Sydney Hutton

Diary by A.S. Hutton, signaller, No 10 H.Q. Staff, 3rd Light Horse Regiment AIF, describing his experiences in Egypt, the fighting around Quinn's Post, and the illnesses contracted in the field, requiring transfer to Alexandrina and Lemnos 1915

D 5895

 

A Jamieson Meikle

Letter written to F.B. Puckridge of Port Lincoln from Gallipoli while serving with the Medical Unit at Anzac Cove 1915

D 6529

 

AF Walker

Diary written en route from Port Adelaide to Gallipoli on the Botanist by a member of the 5th Regiment, 3rd Lighthorse 1915

D 6544

 

Lloyd Chenoweth

Diary by a member of the 1st Anzac Cycle Battalion 1916-19

D 6867

 

Harold Ernest Johnson

Reminiscences by a member of the 50th Battalion in France and Belgium 1914-19

D 7167

 

James W Mundy

Diary of Private Mundy D. Company 16th Battalion 4th Brigade Eygpt 1916-18

D 7720

 

Jack Jensen

Letter describing his stay in Cairo and the Cairo riots, and his part in the Gallipoli campaign when he landed on 25 April 1915, his wounding and his time in England during his convalescence 1915

D 7992

 

Claude James Garfield Symonds

Diary kept by Private Symonds while serving as a stretcher bearer in the 8th Field Ambulance Corps in Egypt and France, after leaving Melbourne on 10 November 1915 on HMAT Ascanius. He also spent time recuperating in England after being injured 1916-17

D 8719

Thomas Chappell

Diary kept by Private Chappell while serving in the Middle East, describing (often critically) the trip from Australia to Port Suez, his initial training in the desert, and subsequent activities under combat conditions 1917-19

PRG 8/1

 

Rev Samuel Forsyth

Journal of his voyage from Ireland to Australia and experiences as a chaplain on the troopship Marathon 1916

PRG 18/17

Sir Ross Smith

56 detailed letters by flying ace Ross Smith to his mother from Port Said, London, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Aboukir, Baghdad and India 1914-20

PRG 18/19 Sir Ross Smith Diary with good detail by Ross Smith of No.1 Squadron, A.F.C. 1916-18
 

PRG 244/9

Len Hussey

Letters from driver Hussey in the 50th Battalion describing his training at Morphettville Army Camp, activities while on active service on the Western Front, in Egypt, and convalescence in hospital in England 1915-18

PRG 244/11

Various writers

Letters advising of the death of Howard George Dodd while on active service at Gallipoli 1916

PRG 247/54

Lance Lewis and family

Letters describing Lewis's service in Egypt and Gallipoli, and his convalescence in England 1915-17

PRG 266/7

Thomas Gilbert

Letters numbering 150 written to his parents and other family members chiefly from India where he was a civil servant, including periods as a cavalry officer and a member of the Royal Flying Corps on active service 1913-25

PRG 373/13E/2

Victor Voules Brown

Letters by Brown, member of the 48th Battalion 1916-18

PRG 500

Louis Willyama Avery

Diary with entertaining and interesting detail kept by a member of the 3rd Field Company Engineers, 1st Division AIF. Avery served on the Suez Canal defence, was part of the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915, was in France on the Somme and at Ypres, atttended officer training in England 1917, and returned in 1918 to France  1914-18

PRG 621/29

Irene Bonnin

Letters written by nurse Bonnin from Egypt where she was stationed for some 9 months, subsequently transferring to northern France in conjunction with the 1st Australian General Hospital’s evacuation from Heliopolis  via Alexandria to depart ex H.M. Hospital Ship ‘Salta’  1915-16

PRG 621/21

Irene Bonnin

Two diaries kept by nurse Bonnin kept on board the S.S. Wandilla and in Egypt, and in England 1915-18

PRG 983/1

Malcolm Cornelius Bonnar

Diary kept by a Signals Sapper in the 2nd Division from 1915-19

PRG 1159/1

James Churchill-Smith

Five diaries kept by Captain (later Major) Churchill-Smith during his service in the AIF in Gallipoli and in the 50th Battalion in France and in England 1915-19

PRG 1175/1

Arthur Oxer

Diary of a member of the 16th Battalion, who was part of the Gallipoli landing on 25 April 1915 and was killed there in August 1915

PRG 1183/15

William Keneally

Official letters of appreciation to the 'young, strong, lively and jaunty Australian troops' from the citizens of Dinant and Anserne, Belgium 1919

PRG 1263/3

Frederick Albury

Diary kept while serving as a driver with the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces in France and while on leave in England 1917-18

PRG 1284/1

Lieutenant Harry Thomson

Diary kept with 50th Battalion after arrival in France at Fricourt and into the front line near Bernafay Wood, Flers, and the battalion's first major engagement at Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, 11 January to 15 November 1916

PRG 1331/2

Frederick Leopold Terrell

Five diaries kept in Adelaide, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and England 1914-18

PRG 1471/1

Walter Allison

Letters to and from WH Allison of the 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion 1916-19

PRG 1471/6

Walter Allison

Reminiscences: including some relating to WW1 on pages 6-8 and 17-20

PRG 1624/4

Arthur Bruce Durdin

Letters written from France, Belgium and London on active service 1916-19

PRG 1626

Edmund George Oswald

Letters from a member of D Company of the 27th Battalian of the AIF, from Egypt, Gallipoli, No. 3 Auxilary Hospital in Heliopolis, Western Front in France and Belgium, on leave in London  1915-21