How the Digger gets his mail: the Australian Army postal services at work

Accession Number F00020
Collection type Film
Measurement 16 min 57 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Short film
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Smith, J W
Wilkins, George Hubert
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Boulogne, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, United Kingdom: England, Merseyside, Liverpool
Date made 1916-1918
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Officers and staff of the Australian Base Post Office London. The staff numbers over seven hundred employees of whom the greater number are women who had to be specially trained for the work. Mail arrives by ship at Liverpool and is bag sorted and despatched by rail to Australian Base Post Office London. Here it is sorted alphabetically and redirected according to the latest information on each soldier's record card. It is then sorted for despatch to AIF units, taken to Folkstone by van and shipped to Boulogne, France, where it is taken by rail truck to field post offices. The mail is taken to trenches by ration party. Mail for Australia is censored and consigned from the field post office, along the same route via Liverpool back to Australia.

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