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Transcripts: War in the 20th century

Use this research guide to delve into transcripts of handwritten documents on a variety of topics. More transcripts are linked to relevant records in our catalogue.

War in the 20th century, including the Boer War, World War Two and Vietnam War

Reference number



D 4010

William Frederick Spencer

Letters written by Sgt Spencer, Fourth Imperial Bushmen's Contingent, describing experiences while on active duty with the South Australian Imperial Bushman's Contingent in South Africa 1900-01

D 6338

Jack McBean

Trooper McBean’s Boer War diary 1900

D 7113

Stop the war Write In

Letters written to Prime Minister Bob Hawke in protest against the Gulf War 1991

D 7334

Alan Wellington

Letters written while serving with Australian forces in South Africa, describing the conditions experienced by the troops, as well as the impact the war had on the Boer people 1901-02

D 7707

Marlow Spencer George Kimber

Reminiscences, and a manuscript poem Home written while on active service in World War Two in the Western Desert 1991

D 7956

 Alice Helen Cook

Letter written by 17 year old Alice Helen Cook (later Helen Dewar), to her parents at Minnipa, Eyre Peninsula, on 16 August 1945, describing the victory celebrations in the streets of Adelaide over two days, following the cessation of World War Two hostilities 1945

D 8726

Donald Hemsley

Letter about working in a Pathology Lab during the Vietnam War 1969

PRG 122/1

Percy M Wells

Diary describing voyage to South Africa and Boer War service 1901

PRG 244/3

Keith Dodd

Diary extracts by a WW2 prisoner of war 1945  

PRG 369/17/2

Colin Kerr

Diary of Colin Kerr, who edited propaganda leaflets during WW 2 with the Far Eastern Liaison Office in New Guinea 1944

PRG 369/18/1

Colin Kerr

Diary of Colin Kerr while working during WW2 with the United States Psychological Warfare Branch in the Philippines 1844

PRG 445/30

Robert Hussey Stacy

Diary kept while serving at Gallipoli February to October 1915

PRG 596/1

Frances Taylor (nee Harvie)

Diary kept while a member of the Land Army at Frances and Lucindale 1945

PRG 596/2

Frances Taylor (nee Harvie)

Reminiscences of her Land Army days at Lucindale, Morphett Vale, Plympton, Frances and Lucindale 1943-45

PRG 1187

Hamilton Norman Cummings

Diary kept during WW2 by a radiographer with the ‘Free French’ movement 1943-45   

PRG 1284/1

Lieutenant Harry Thomson

Diary kept during WW1 mainly in France near Bernafay Wood, Flers and Mouquet Farm, Pozieres 1916

PRG 1483

Noel Creed

Diaries kept by a musician in the 2/43 Infantry Battalion in the Middle East during World War Two 1940-42

PRG 1540/4

Geoffrey Barnes

Letters written from Vietnam 1967-78