Catlin, Robert Henry (Private, b.1888 - d.1915)

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Braidwood
Accession Number PR03991
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 3 cms
Object type Letters
Maker Catlin, Paulina Melita
Catlin, Richard John
Catlin, Robert Henry
Lee, Alice J
Lee, Stanley
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Braidwood, Australia: Northern Territory, Australia: Western Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands: Fiji
Date made 1896-1915
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of 1113 Private (Pte) Robert Henry Catlin, 11 Battalion, AIF, Australia, Egypt, Gallipoli, 1914-1915. Collection consists chiefly of letters written by Robert Henry Catlin to various members of his family, between the years 1896 and 1915. His earlier letters include a couple written when he was a child, and then later working in New Zealand, Fiji and the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia. Mention of Aboriginal people he encountered while living in the Adelaide River region of the NT is included in his letters of March and April 1914 prior to enlistment in the AIF using derogatory language. His last letter was written to his mother on 10 February 1915, from Abbassia Camp in Egypt. Pte Catlin was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Collection also includes numerous letters written by Robert's sister Alice J Lee (nee Catlin) and his brother Richard John Catlin, as well as two letters written by Robert's brother-in-law Reginald W Lee, and one letter of condolence written by 874 Private Stanley Lee (6 Light Horse). The telegram delivering the news of Pte Catlin's death is also in the collection.

History / Summary

Biographical note: 1113 Private Robert Henry Catlin, 11 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli. Son of Richard George and Paulina Catlin. Native of Reidsdale, near Braidwood, New South Wales. Other biographical details regarding Private Robert Catlin are: labourer; educated at Reidsdale Public School, near Braidwood.