Papers of Miss Nellie Markey

Accession Number PR05191
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Letters
Maker Carr, Francis William
Johnstone, Robert Millan
Spriggins, Alfred David
Date made 1915-1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Original letters sent to Miss Nellie Markey and her family, Mr and Mrs A.M Stewart, of Camberwell Victoria, from three Australian soldiers serving overseas during the First World War. The letters were primarily written by 62 Warrant Officer (WO) Alfred David Spriggins, who served with the Post Office Corps, and 2506 Private (Pte) Robert Millan Johnstone, who served with 1st Battalion AIF. The letters thank Miss Markey and the Stewart family for sending Christmas billies, mention the weather, going on leave in Paris, and moments of humour shared with fellow soldiers. One letter was written by 395 Gunner (Gnr) Frank William Carr who served with 13th Field Artillery Brigade, to Miss Markey, to advise her of the death of Pte Johnstone, who was killed in action in Belgium on 2 October 1917.

History / Summary

Born in Subiaco Western Australia in 1897, Miss Nellie Adele Marie Markey was the daughter of James and Mary Markey. The family moved to Melbourne before James' death in 1901. Mary later married Mr A.M. Stewart, the Conciilation Commissioner of the Federal Arbitration Court. Nellie Markey died in Melbourne in 1975.