Chomley, Mary Elizabeth (Australian Red Cross Society, b.1872 - d.1960)

Accession Number 1DRL/0615
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 915 cm; Wallet/s: 48
Object type Papers, Album
Maker Chomley, Mary Elizabeth
Place made Australia, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1915-1920
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 749/019/020
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to Mary Elizabeth Chomley, Secretary of the Australian Red Cross Society Prisoner of War Department, First World War.

Collection comprises of 48 wallets containing administrative papers relating to the organisation of the Prisoner of War Department, correspondence with captured soldiers, financial statements, and correspondence with ex prisoners of war following her visit to Australia in 1919-1920. Other collection items include an album kept by Chomley with photographs of imprisoned Australian soldiers. The photographs in the album are indexed and many have been individually captured under the Accession numbers P01981 and P03236.

Album of photographs and selected wallets have been digitised:

Album of photographs compiled by Elizabeth Chomley. The album contains photographs of wounded and ill soldiers who corresponded with Miss Chomley through her work for the Red Cross.

Wallet 45 of 48 - contains forty-one postcards collected by Chomley. It is likely that these postcards were sent to Chomley from ex-prisoners of war with whom she corresponded throughout the war. The majority of the postcards are photographic. The photographs include depictions of soldiers, nurses, and civilians in group or single-subject portraits, soldiers convalescing in hospitals, cemetaries and other landscapes. Two of the postcards are illustrated rather than photographed.

Wallet 46 of 48 - contains four photographs and one newspaper clipping. The photographs show the graves of Australian and British soldiers and sailors who died while Prisoners of War of the Ottoman Empire, and were burried in a cemetery at Belemedik, Turkey. Additionally the wallet contains a single newspaper clipping of an anonymous letter to the Editor of The Times.

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