A large crowd of civilians thronged the approaches to the wharf and the adjoining harboursides ...

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Accession Number 122106
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker McQuillan, Ernest Mervyn
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 13 October 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A large crowd of civilians thronged the approaches to the wharf and the adjoining harboursides when HMS Formidable (out of sight) berthed with 1300 members of the Eighth Division returning from Manila. Women and children in the crowd are waving flags and posters and placards bearing the following inscriptions: SID IION NX34543; WELCOME SIG. WAL SKILLICORN, JIM CARR HERE WE ARE, WELCOME ALLAN PO... Identified in the front row are: Alan Ryan (second from left) and Catherine Ayoub (nee Ryan) (third from left), who were awaiting the arrival of their brother NX53153 Private Harry Ryan, one of the many former prisoners of war (POWs) of the Japanese, returning to Australia on the Formidable.