|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||Extent: 2.5cm; Wallet/s: 1|
|Object type||Diary, Memoir, Manuscript, Letter, Document|
McDonald, Percy John
|Place made||Australia, Burma, Malaya, Netherlands East Indies, New Guinea|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
|Copying Provisions||Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition, Copying permitted subject to physical condition|
McDonald, Percy John (Lieutenant, b.1890 - d.1942)
Collection relating to the Second World War service of P459 Lieutenant Percy John McDonald, Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit, New Guinea and Australia, 1941-1965.
McDonald was an owner of a New Guinea plantation prior to the outbreak of war. During the war, many Australia’s passed through his property, leading to the area being well-known by soldiers as “McDonald’s Corner.”
Collection consists of:
1 x blue fabric covered autograph book, with “autographs” embossed in gold on the cover. Within the front cover are two letters from former Memorial Director, Major James McGrath requesting the donation of the book. The next three pages contain newspaper clippings relating to the Kokoda Trail. Following these pages are 39 further pages containing around 800 signatures of soldiers that passed through McDonald’s Corner between 1942 and 1965; and
1 x tan-coloured “Woods’ Australian Diary for 1942.” This provides a detailed description of the increasing military presence in New Guinea, his personal preparations around the area, and his joining the army in a bid to play his part in protecting his plantation.
1 x note listing various soldiers’ names;
1 x Remitting Warrant for McDonald for the sum of 300 pounds; and
1 x letter from a Q106450 Corporal William Leo ‘Bill’ McCormack discussing a possible rendezvous.